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Definition of lie noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  •  a statement made by someone 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
  • Idioms
    give the lie to something (formal)
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    to show that something is not true These new figures give the lie to the belief that unemployment is going down.
    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.
    a tissue of lies (literary)
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    a story, an excuse, etc. that is full of lies
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lie