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lie

3 noun
     
lie3 S3
1 [countable] something that you say or write that you know is untrueCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
tell (somebody) a lie a complete/outright lie a big lie a blatant lie (=a shocking lie) a bald-faced lie American English a barefaced lie British English (=a shocking lie) a white lie (=a lie that is not serious, told to avoid upsetting someone) a pack of lies (=a completely untrue set of statements) a tissue of lies British English (=a completely untrue set of statements) live a lie (=pretend that a situation is satisfactory when it is not)
lie about
I told her a lie about what I was doing.
I always know when he's telling lies.
I told them I was Catholic. I used to be Catholic, so it wasn't a complete lie.
I don't want to hear a bunch of big lies about what happened.
It was obviously a blatant lie.
Jones resorted to deception and barefaced lies.
those little white lies that we all tell
Their whole account of the event was a pack of lies.
For years, he had been living a lie.
2

give the lie to something

formal to show that something is untrue:
This report gives the lie to the company's claims.
3

the lie of the land/ the way the land lies

the way that a situation is developing at a particular time:
I want to see how the land lies before I decide whether or not to take the job.
4

(I) tell a lie

British English spoken used when you realize that something you have just said is not correct:
It was £25, no, tell a lie, £35.
WORD CHOICE WORD CHOICE

lay, lie
The verb lay must have an object. It is a slightly literary way to say 'put something somewhere' She lays a silk cloth over the table.The verb lie does not have an object. It means 'be or get into a horizontal position somewhere' Let's lie on the grass. Lie down here for a while.!! lay is also the past tense of lie I lay on the couch and tried to relax. The past tense of lay is laid He laid his hand on my shoulder.See also lay

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