big lie

variants: or Big Lie

Definition of big lie 

: a deliberate gross distortion of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic

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In the high desert west of Boise, a unique golf resort emerges with 'a story to tell' Your longest drive ... or biggest lie: The 18th tee on the Hankins course tells golfers that they've been set up to hit the longest drive of their lives. Chadd Cripe, idahostatesman, "Goat caddies, a license to cheat and trash-talking rakes. It's all about fun at Silvies.," 11 June 2018 Turns out Betsy Ross is the biggest lie your kindergarten teacher ever told you (except that Bubbles the class gerbil was moving to a farm upstate). Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2018 Telling the truth about a sham election may help puncture a big lie that keeps Maduro in power. The Christian Science Monitor, "The power of truth-telling about Venezuela," 8 June 2018 The idea that this was a peaceful protest is the biggest lie of all, because the basic tenets required for a protest in a democracy like the U.S. or Israel do not exist in Gaza. Ronen Manelis, WSJ, "The Truth About Hamas and Israel," 20 May 2018 Mixing dogged research and testy, sparring interviews with the charming pretender, Mr Cercas scrupulously tracks Mr Marco’s big lie. The Economist, "Fake manJavier Cercas probes Spain’s convoluted history," 2 Nov. 2017 The bigger problem for me is that these protests are fueling a big lie — the meme that police routinely shoot unarmed black men. Dom Giordano,, "Sports media wrong to glorify athletes who snub national anthem," 13 Sep. 2017 This gets to an even bigger lie—the one that got us here in the first place. Jamelle Bouie, Slate Magazine, "The GOP Can Only Defend Itself by Lying," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of big lie

1939, in the meaning defined above

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