lie about


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Related to lie about: lie in wait, lying low, giving the lie

lie about someone or something (to someone)

to say something untrue about someone or something to someone. I wouldn't lie about my boss to anyone! I wouldn't lie about anything like that!
See also: lie

lie about

 
1. [for someone] to recline lazily somewhere. She just lay about through her entire vacation. Don't lie about all the time. Get busy.
2. [for something] to be located somewhere casually and carelessly, perhaps for a long time. This hammer has been lying about for a week. Put it away! Why are all these dirty dishes lying about?
See also: lie
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While presidents did not generally find it necessary to lie about their sex life, they often found it essential to lie about their health.
I would (and have) taken Clinton's lie about his indiscretion over the lies that have brought this country to war any day.
Children take things and lie about it because they want parental attention.
They may lie about brushing their teeth, about homework or about anything that will keep them out of trouble.
A disillusioned public will soon vote to replace a corrupt public school bureaucracy that can't even get its story straight, with a system of school choice producing real results that no one needs to lie about.
Sulmasy said it used to be common for physicians to lie about breast lumps so Medicare would pay for a mammogram.