Definition of lie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//laɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//laɪ//
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  •  a statement made by somebody knowing that it is not true to tell a lie The whole story is nothing but a pack of lies. a barefaced lie (= a lie that is deliberate and shocking) see also white lie
  • Extra examples He lived a lie for thirty years, ‘married’ to two women. He lived a lie for thirty years, pretending to be the faithful husband of two different women living in two different towns. He told a big fat lie! He told a whopping great lie! How could she swallow such a blatant lie? That’s a downright lie! That’s a lie—I never said that! a web of elaborate lies As usual, the party’s leaflet is full of barefaced lies. I couldn’t tell her a lie. The whole story is nothing but a pack of lies. What’s the harm in telling a little white lie?Idioms
    give the lie to something
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    (formal) to show that something is not true These new figures give the lie to the belief that unemployment is going down.
    (British English, informal) used to say that something you have just said is not true or correct We first met in 2006, no, I tell a lie, it was 2007. to keep something important about yourself a secret from other people, so that they do not know what you really think, what you are really like, etc. (literary) a story, an excuse, etc. that is full of lies
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lie