stretch the truth

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We've got so many stories and legends in Welsh, and as you travel the country you come across local tales, modern stories, and some stories which may stretch the truth a little bit
It used to be if a fisherman was going to stretch the truth, it was done face to face.
But Trump seems to do more talking than Clinton, and therefore is subjected to more opportunities to stretch the truth though his batting average is quite poor.
Having a candidate answer on a form doesn't help them feel like you actually care about their future, and thereby makes candidates more apt to stretch the truth on their answers for short term solutions.
Vermond isn't suggesting that cheating, forgery, fabrication or plagiarism aren't morally wrong, but asks her readers to consider when it might be okay to stretch the truth or tell a little white lie.
There are temptations to stretch the truth or hide it.
In light of Barton's propensity to stretch the truth, particularly in matters that have nothing to do with his livelihood as a pseudo-historian, critics are beginning to wonder why anyone takes him seriously.
To his credit, the author strikes a balance between the claims of the Distin family, who arguably were wont to stretch the truth to suit their needs, and the actual truth of the moment.
Do restaurants stretch the truth of the cuisine they offer?
Other key findings show that 65% percent of advisors say clients most often stretch the truth about living within their means, followed by 44% saying that clients fudge the facts on just how much debt they have.
Now we all know Santa is real, it's just we stretch the truth a bit.
When imperfect people face pressure to close sales, they invariably stretch the truth.