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    economical with the truth 撒謊、但又不去揭穿他人的謊言

    Context:
    Reluctant Attendance
    …(前文略)
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    不情願的會議
    Usually, Mr. James would have laid the responsibility for going to this meeting at the door of his deputy, Mr. Sharp, but he had said that he was attending an important family gathering which had been arranged months ago and was unable to attend. Mr. Sharp was a fairly truthful person, but on this occasion, Mr. James had a feeling that he was being economical with the truth.

    通常James先生會將這個爛攤子丟給他的代理人Sharp先生;沒想到Sharp先生說他早在幾個月前就預訂好要參加一個重要的家族聚會,所以就無法幫他代理參加今晚的會議。其實Sharp先生算是個相當正直的人,但是目前這種狀況,James先生有種被騙的感覺,似乎Sharp先生隨便找個理由呼嚨他,但是James
    又不好意思揭穿他的謊言。

    • 片語: economical with the truth 撒謊、但又不去揭穿他人的謊言
    • 定義:Not to tell the absolute truth, often used when someone wants to suggest that someone is being dishonest, but doesn’t want to say openly that they are lying.
    • 例句:
    • The government press office was accused of being economical with the truth in the statement which he gave to the newspaper.

    那個政府新聞部門的官員在報紙上的某篇評論被指控他根本就是在撒謊。

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