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lie about

1. To tell a falsehood or mistruth about (something). I know you spent the money, I just don't understand why you feel you need to lie about it to me. While a bit of embellishment is all right, never lie about your experience on a résumé.
2. To recline or loiter lazily; to loaf. You can't just lie about here all summer long. Either find a job and start paying rent, or find somewhere else to live. My friends and I always loved lying about at the lake near our neighborhood when we were kids.
3. To be placed or located in a haphazard or careless location or position. Usually used in the continuous tense. You can't leave such sensitive information lying about—someone could see it who's not meant to. Why are all these boxes lying about? Someone could trip over them!
See also: 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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Of the 291 who verify former job tides, 47 percent have learned of fabrications, and 31 percent out of 245 who confirm college or university degrees have found that candidates sometimes lie about graduating.
There was the lie about Saddam's unmanned aircraft.
While presidents did not generally find it necessary to lie about their sex life, they often found it essential to lie about their health.
In this study, participants were prepared to lie about a prepared and practiced scenario that may have caused habituation.
I would (and have) taken Clinton's lie about his indiscretion over the lies that have brought this country to war any day.
A quarter - rising to a UK-wide high of 29pc in Wales - even admitted they would lie about taking contraception if they wanted a child and their partner did not.