[ lahy ]
/ laɪ /
a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.
something intended or serving to convey a false impression; imposture: His flashy car was a lie that deceived no one.
an inaccurate or false statement; a falsehood.
the charge or accusation of telling a lie: He flung the lie back at his accusers.
verb (used without object), lied, ly·ing.
to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive.
to express what is false; convey a false impression.
verb (used with object), lied, ly·ing.
to bring about or affect by lying (often used reflexively): to lie oneself out of a difficulty; accustomed to lying his way out of difficulties.
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Idioms for lie
- to accuse of lying; contradict.
- to prove or imply the falsity of; belie: His poor work gives the lie to his claims of experience.
give the lie to,
lie in one's throat/teeth, to lie grossly or maliciously: If she told you exactly the opposite of what she told me, she must be lying in her teeth.Also lie through one's teeth.
Origin of lie1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lyge; cognate with German Lüge, Old Norse lygi; akin to Gothic liugn; (verb) Middle English lien, Old English lēogan (intransitive); cognate with German lügen, Old Norse ljūga, Gothic liugan
synonym study for lie
1. See falsehood.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lielie lye
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British Dictionary definitions for give the lie to (1 of 3)
/ (liː) /
Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)
British Dictionary definitions for give the lie to (2 of 3)
/ (laɪ) /
verb lies, lying or lied
(intr) to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
(intr) to convey a false impression or practise deceptionthe camera does not lie
an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
something that is deliberately intended to deceive
give the lie to
- to disprove
- to accuse of lying
Other words from lieRelated adjective: mendacious
Word Origin for lie
Old English lyge (n), lēogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan
British Dictionary definitions for give the lie to (3 of 3)
/ (laɪ) /
verb lies, lying, lay (leɪ) or lain (leɪn) (intr)
(often foll by down) to place oneself or be in a prostrate position, horizontal to the ground
to be situated, esp on a horizontal surfacethe pencil is lying on the desk; India lies to the south of Russia
to be buriedhere lies Jane Brown
(copula) to be and remain (in a particular state or condition)to lie dormant
to stretch or extendthe city lies before us
(usually foll by on or upon) to rest or weighmy sins lie heavily on my mind
(usually foll by in) to exist or consist inherentlystrength lies in unity
(foll by with)
- to be or rest (with)the ultimate decision lies with you
- archaic to have sexual intercourse (with)
(of an action, claim, appeal, etc) to subsist; be maintainable or admissible
archaic to stay temporarily
lie in state See state (def. 13)
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
the manner, place, or style in which something is situated
the hiding place or lair of an animal
- the position of the ball after a shota bad lie
- the angle made by the shaft of the club before the upswing
lie of the land
- the topography of the land
- the way in which a situation is developing or people are behaving
Word Origin for lie
Old English licgan akin to Old High German ligen to lie, Latin lectus bed
See lay 1
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Medical definitions for give the lie to
[ lī ]
The manner or position in which something is situated, especially the relation that the long axis of a fetus bears to that of its mother.
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Idioms and Phrases with give the lie to (1 of 2)
give the lie to
Show to be false, refute, as in His black eye gave the lie to his contention that he hadn't been fighting. [First half of 1500s]
Idioms and Phrases with give the lie to (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with lie
- lie down
- lie in
- lie in state
- lie in wait
- lie low
- lie through one's teeth
- lie with
- barefaced lie
- give the lie to
- (lie) in state
- lay of the land (how the land lies)
- let sleeping dogs lie
- make one's bed and lie in it
- take lying down
- white lie
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