live a lie


: to live in a false or deceptive way : to live in a way that does not show who one truly is or what one's feelings truly are
Their friends thought that they had a happy marriage, but they were living a lie.

Examples of live a lie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having recently broken things off with their fiancée, not wanting to live a lie, Helton began seeing their Idol stand-in during the season. Nico Lang, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2024 Or, like, have to live a lie? David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2022 And then those that were also forced to live a lie as a sacrifice for their fame. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Mar. 2022 And the reverse is true as well: No one wants knowingly to live a lie — to be devoted to an illusion, or to participate in cultivating self-deception, about the truth of things. Damon Linker, The Week, 8 Feb. 2022 Congratulations to all the servicemen and -women who no longer have to live a lie (at least not because of official government policy; informal discrimination is harder to eradicate). Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2010

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“Live a lie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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