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give the lie to

Definition of give the lie to

formal

  1. :  to show that (something) is not true <Her success has given the lie to the notion that women cannot compete with men.>



Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the quality or state of being springy

  1. :  to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position :  be prostrate :  rest, recline

    :  to reside temporarily :  stay for the night :  lodge

    :  to remain inactive (as in concealment)

  1. :  lay

    :  the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

    :  the haunt of an animal (as a fish) :  covert

  1. :  to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

    :  to create a false or misleading impression

    :  to bring about by telling lies

  1. :  an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker to be untrue with intent to deceive

    :  an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker

    :  something that misleads or deceives


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