therein lies

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of therein lies

formal
used to say that a statement, fact, or detail expresses the substance of something
  • They have to make a decision soon. Therein lies the problem. If they act too quickly, they run the risk of choosing the wrong plan.

Word by Word Definitions

therein play
  1. : in or into that place, time, or thing

  2. : in that particular or respect

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

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

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

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

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

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : to bring about by telling lies

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

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

  3. : something that misleads or deceives


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