Most popular lie in UK: 'sorry I had no mobile phone signal'

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London, Apr 2 (ANI): One in four Britons uses "sorry I had no signal" when returning a missed mobile phone call, a survey has found.

According to the study, the average Brit tells on average four lies every day.

Almost 34 percent have lied about their weight, a quarter fibbed about the amount of debt they are in and 30 per cent have bent the truth about the amount of exercise they do, the study found.

One in five males admitted to lying to their girlfriend to go to the pub or watch sport, stated the study which also found that 46 per cent of girls have been caught lying, compared to 58 of men, reports The Telegraph.

The second most common fib is "I haven't got any cash on me" when asked for money by beggars.

"Nothing's wrong - I'm fine" came third followed by "You look lovely" and "Nice to see you".

A spokesman for OnePoll, which carried out the research of 4,300 adults, said: "As a nation we are obsessed with trying to be nice and not upsetting people.

"Often little white lies can paper over what we actually want to say.

"Most of these were considered either completely harmless or tactically necessary depending on the situation in which they are delivered."

He added: "It was sad to see a string of compliments in the top 50, but once again in many cases perhaps it is better to flatter with a fib than destroy someone with the truth."

Top 50 most common lies

1. I had no signal. I haven't got any cash on me. Nothing's wrong - I'm fine. You look lovely. Nice to see you. I'll give you a ring. We're just good friends. We'll have to meet up soon. I'm on my way0. No, your bum doesn't look big in that1. Sorry, I missed your call2. I'll give up tomorrow3. I'm not angry with you4. The traffic was bad5. I've had this for ages6. It wasn't that expensive7. This will be my last pint8. I didn't get your text9. Of course I love you0. Our server was down1. I wasn't driving that fast2. My alarm didn't go off3. The cheque is in the post4. You're looking well5. I'd love to see you again6. My battery died7. It's not you, it's me8. The train was delayed9. I only have a little flutter0. I'm going to the gym tonight1. I don't eat too much - I have a slow metabolism2. My watch stopped3. No, I'm afraid I haven't got a spare five minutes4. I've got a call on the other line5. I'll phone you back in a minute6. I've got a terrible cold7. This tastes delicious8. I didn't have that much to drink9. I've been in meetings all day0. I stayed in and had a quiet one1. It was THIS BIG2. I'm working late tonight3. I bought the last one4. I'm not ready for a relationship5. It's just what I've always wanted6. I'm going to have one more for the road7. I wrote your number down incorrectly8. You look like you've lost weight9. My car wouldn't start0. I didn't realise you fancied him/ her too. (ANI)

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