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barefaced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise his or her mendacity. My opponent's assertion that I intend to raise the tax rates is baseless; it is nothing but a barefaced lie.
See also: barefaced, lie

barefaced lie

A shameless falsehood. For example, Bill could tell a barefaced lie with a straight face. The adjective barefaced means "beardless," and one theory is that in the 1500s this condition was considered brazen in all but the youngest males. By the late 1600s barefaced also meant "brazen" or "bold," the meaning alluded to in this phrase.
See also: barefaced, lie
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Starting with a bare-faced lie, host Mark Dolan told intellectual giant Gemma Collins: "You look amazing.
It was a bare-faced lie that he had separated from her and that her earnings were to be disregarded.
Descriptions are handy," he adds as a bare-faced lie, before tentatively pushing for more.
Ten years ago millions of people demonstrated against war on Iraq, a war based on a bare-faced lie, i.
McDonald told a bare-faced lie to his match observer then eventually told the truth 48 hours later, only to see his superiors attempt to perpetuate the lie instead.
But between the covers even a first-time reader would immediately realize that this book of poetry (the author's thirteenth) is neither bare of verbal devices nor utterly devious, "a bare-faced lie.
The basic fact is the government told a bare-faced lie, and what is C Tomkinson's answer?
Do I tell the truth and get 20 minutes on what's wrong with newspapers, or do I tell a bare-faced lie and say I'm a quantity surveyor?
But standing up and telling a bare-faced lie in court is more than Tina can take, as she has considerably more morals than David.
The most bare-faced lie of this duplicitous government is that "we're all in this together".
George Osborne's claim that pounds 113billion of cuts are "unavoidable" is a bare-faced lie.
But then I suppose if someone tells you a bare-faced lie to your face, how would you know?
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is quite simply a bare-faced lie.
I have an ability to change colour to suit my situation because the one time I never blush is when I am telling a bare-faced lie.
Instead of entering a plea when asked to by magistrate Dr Pauline Tremlett, he stormed: "This is a bare-faced lie.