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 lieAmerican English a barefaced lieBritish 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 liesBritish English (=a completely untrue set of statements) live a lie (=pretend that a situation is satisfactory when it is not)
British Englishspokenused 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, lieThe 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 alsolay
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.