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give the lie to something

Fig. to show that something is a lie. The evidence gives the lie to your testimony. Your own admission of your part in the conspiracy gives the lie to your earlier testimony.
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give the lie to something

(slightly formal)
to show that something is not true He did not go into hiding, which gave the lie to the statement that he could not be found for an interview.
Usage notes: also used in the form give the lie to someone (to show that someone has not been telling the truth): The latest soil tests give the lie to officials who say that the area is not contaminated.
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give the lie to something

  (formal)
to show that something is not true The high incidence of cancer in the region surely gives the lie to official assurances that the factory is safe.
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give the lie to

Show to be false, refute, as in His black eye gave the lie to his contention that he hadn't been fighting. [First half of 1500s]
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give the lie to

1. To show to be inaccurate or untrue.
2. To accuse of lying.
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THE Pride of Britain awards give the lie to the notion that we are living in a broken society.
Mr Scappaticci appears here today to give the lie to continuing media speculation as to his whereabouts.
These facts give the lie to the unfounded claim that "incomers" are diluting the language.
Several recent works pile faux upon faux, mimicking trompe l'oeil conventions only to give the lie to them the next moment.
These premises give the lie to all the banalities about abstract interracialism - from teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony to cynical appropriations of Rodney King's lament - and the mindless noodling about individual prejudice.
THE Pride of Britain and Northern Ireland awards give the lie to the notion that we are living in a broken society.
They give the lie to Calder's supposed coyness and humor.
Sneaky programme workers changed the time on the clock in the studio, but the hands on Martin's watch clearly give the lie to the pretence that it was a live show.
The partial, minority culture emphasizes the internal differentiations, the "foreign bodies," in the midst of the nation--the interstices of its uneven and unequal devlopment, which give the lie to its self-containedness.
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He said: "Mr Scappaticci appears to give the lie to continuing media speculation as to his whereabouts.
Liberal Democrats chairman Mark Oaten said: "These figures give the lie to talk of a Conservative revival at the grass roots level.