contradict oneself


: to say or do something that is opposite or very different in meaning to something else that one said or did earlier
The witness contradicted herself when she insisted she could identify the thief even though she had said that the night was too foggy to see clearly.

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“Contradict oneself.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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