# give the lie to (something)

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## give the lie to (something)

To refute or counter something. Her somber demeanor gave the lie to her statement that she was doing great.

## 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.

## 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]## give the lie to something

If something

**gives the lie to**something, it shows that it is not true. At first she thought she was alone. Then, ahead, she saw a sight that gave the lie to that. This survey gives the lie to the idea that Britain is moving towards economic recovery.## give the lie to something

serve to show that something previously stated or believed to be the case is not true.## give the ˈlie to something

(*formal*) show that something is not true: These statistics give the lie to the government’s claim that inflation is under control.

## give the lie to

**1.**To show to be inaccurate or untrue.

**2.**To accuse of lying.

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