economical with the truth


economical with the truth
   To say that a person is economical with the truth means that, without actually lying, they omit important facts or give incomplete information.
   

The politician was accused of being economical with the truth.


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  • economical with the truth — (UK) If someone, especially a politician, is economical with the truth, they leave out information in order to create a false picture of a situation, without actually lying …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • economical with the truth — Causing deception or misunderstanding by revealing only a selection of available information • • • Main Entry: ↑economy * * * used euphemistically to describe a person or statement that lies or deliberately withholds information * * * economical… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Economical with the truth — The phrase economical with the truth came into popular usage after if was used by the British then Cabinet Secretary Robert Armstrong during the Spycatcher trial in 1986. It derives from Edmund Burke: Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case …   Wikipedia

  • economical with the truth — ► economical with the truth euphemistic lying or deliberately withholding information. Main Entry: ↑economical …   English terms dictionary

  • economical with the truth — adjective not telling the whole truth, especially in order to present a false image of a situation; untruthful; lying. Often used with sarcasm or satire I would be being economical with the truth if I were to tell you that I was enjoying myself …   Wiktionary

  • Economical with the truth —   (UK)   If someone, especially a politician, is economical with the truth, they leave out information in order to create a false picture of a situation, without actually lying …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • economical with the truth —    lying    Famously said by the Secretary of the British Cabinet, Sir Robert Armstrong, in a legal action ill advisedly brought by Mrs Thatcher in Australia to try to prevent the publication of confidential, inaccurate, and largely… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • economical with the truth — euphemistic lying or deliberately withholding information. → economical …   English new terms dictionary

  • economical with the truth — Meaning Conveying an untrue version of events by leaving out the important facts. A euphemism for lying, in short. Origin Recorded from the 18th century, although rarely used. Brought into the contemporary language by the UK Cabinet Secretary,… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • be economical with the truth — informal phrase to say things that are not true, or to not tell everything that you know Thesaurus: to tell lies and deceive peoplesynonym Main entry: economical …   Useful english dictionary