Retort Courteous

(The). Sir, I am not of your opinion: I beg to differ from you: or, to use Touchstone's illustration, “If I said his beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it was.” The lie seven times removed; or rather, the lie direct in the seventh degree.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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