bend the truth

to say something that is not completely true in order to achieve an aim

He doesn't lie exactly – he just bends the truth.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • bend — bend1 W3S3 [bend] v past tense and past participle bent [bent] [: Old English; Origin: bendan] 1.) [I and T] to move part of your body so that it is not straight or so that you are not upright ▪ Lee bent and kissed her. ▪ She bent her head. ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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