A lie about a trivial matter, often told to spare someone's feelings.

See: Does this dress make me look fat?

The angel, tall and terrible and bright, placed his two hands upon her neck, sweeping his raiment of light about them both: "This won't hurt a bit," he murmured.

A harmless lie, one not told with a malicious intent, a lie told to reconcile people at variance.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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