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big lie

noun
1.
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
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50
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  • It is not at all nice that a father should tell such a big lie.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • They're fond of telling this big lie just as they're settling down to their claret.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • I've borne false witness—I'm worse than Sapphira—I've acted a big lie.

  • These are all parts of the big lie about God––His unreal opposite.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • He had said nothing untrue, but it was all one big lie, what he was saying—a colossal misrepresentation of his present life.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope

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