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been caught • as a matter of fact • a white lie
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  1. I used to be afraid to speak in class but now it's not
  2. Sometimes I tell so I don't hurt people's feelings.
  3. , I saw that movie yesterday.
  4. Don't drink too much beer because it will .
  5. Have you ever stealing?

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Mixer #110 Lies
Listen as a group of people talk about lies they have told and whether or not they got caught.
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been caught in lies

I've been caught in lies several times.

To be caught in a lie means that the person you are lying to knows or finds out that you are lying. Note the samples.

  1. The only way not to hurt her feeling is to lie, but I hope I don't get caught.
  2. I've never been caught in a lie, but I lie a lot.

As a matter of fact

As a matter of fact, I have not been caught in a lie.

This phrase means that it might be hard to believe but what you are about to say is true. Here are two samples.

  1. As a matter of fact, I'm a very good dancer.
  2. As a matter of fact, she is an expert in nutrition.

a white lie

I used to tell a white lie to my friends on April Fool's Day.

A white lie is a very small lie. Notice the following.

  1. Because of my religion, I try not even to tell white lies.
  2. White lies usually don't hurt anyone's feelings, even if the liar gets caught.

a big deal

It's not a big deal.

If something is a big deal, it means that it is very important. Here are a couple of examples.

  1. A bad haircut isn't a big deal because it grows back quickly.
  2. Losing all of your hair is a big deal because it doesn't grow back.

it always catches up to you

I think you should not lie because it always catches up to you.

When an action catches up to you, it means that something you did affected you later. Notice the following.

  1. I didn't exercise for a year and it really caught up with me. I gained 20 pounds.
  2. He drives like a crazy man, but it finally caught up with him. Yesterday, he crashed his car.

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