half the truth is often a whole lie
1758 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (July) Half the Truth is often a great Lie.
1859 TENNYSON Poems (1969) 1107 That a lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies, That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright, But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.
1875 A. B. CHEALES Proverbial Folklore 166 Half the truth is often a whole lie..is a proverb which Tennyson has most admirably versified.
1979 H. HOWARD Sealed Envelope xiii. ‘You’ve been lying.’.. ‘Half the truth can be worse than a straight lie.’
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