Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatever: but, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. It is a sort of temperance, by which a man speaks truth with measure that he may speak it the longer.
Generally, it is considered as a euphemism for lying.
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Oct 05, 1999; As we crawl past the rows of semi-detached houses in an unmarked white van, bailiff Karl Smith looks at his notes. "The last time...