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big lie

a false statement of outrageous magnitude employed as a propaganda measure in the belief that a lesser falsehood would not be credible.
Origin of big lie
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is not at all nice that a father should tell such a big lie.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Of a heretic oath she had little fear, though she would not have told a big lie to her priest.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • These are all parts of the big lie about God––His unreal opposite.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • big lie about it all, such as the Apache braves tell at the camp-fire when they are too lazy to hunt.

    The Talking Leaves William O. Stoddard
  • They're fond of telling this big lie just as they're settling down to their claret.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell

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