stretch the truth


: to say something that is not exactly true : to describe something as larger or greater than it really is
He was stretching the truth to make the story more interesting.

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Recent Examples on the Web Story-wise, your movie wouldn’t have to stretch the truth much. Andre Mouchard, Orange County Register, 19 May 2024 Some founders used that environment to stretch the truth about what their technology could do or how their business performed. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2024 The device’s vision capability is also sometimes spotty, and some reviewers noted that the device’s AI can stretch the truth. Kyle Barr, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2024 John played Bill’s little brother in Scrooged and Brian played his dad Bill’s second-youngest brother John didn’t have to stretch the truth too far for his role in the 1988 Christmas classic Scrooged. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for stretch the truth 

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“Stretch the truth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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