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lie at (one's) door

To be one's responsibility. Typically said of something negative. I'm the coach, and I called a bad play, so any blame for this loss lies at my door.
See also: door, lie

lie at the bottom of (something)

To be the fundamental cause of something. Stubbornness lies at the bottom of every unresolved disagreement.
See also: bottom, lie, of

lie behind (someone or something)

1. To be positioned behind someone or something. The gym lies behind the school.
2. To be in the past. Don't be concerned about what lies behind you, only what lies ahead. Everything that lies behind us is what makes us who we are—the good and the bad.
See also: behind, lie

lie down on the job

To not work as hard as one should; to shirk one's responsibilities. If you lie down on the job again, you can be sure you'll be fired—there are plenty of guys who'd take your place in a minute.
See also: down, job, lie, on

lie down on the job

 and lay down on the job
Fig. to do one's job poorly or not at all. (Lay is a common error for lie.) Tom was fired because he was laying down on the job. You mean he was lying down on the job, don't you?
See also: down, job, lie, on

lie down on the ˈjob

(informal) not do a job properly: I’m not going to employ anybody here who lies down on the job. I only want people who work hard.
See also: down, job, lie, on
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In the sixties, they lied about the number of dead in Vietnam.
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President as the adulterer who lied to us about the very lies we've told ourselves, how could we possibly avoid confronting his--our--most vile prevarication of all?
An upstanding 54% said they had not lied on their resumes because "I don't need to lie.
Clinton has lied to us, deceived us, and then covered up his deceptions about something which, however odious, we did not need to know about and caused no one to lose a life.
With the notable exception of bachelor Grover Cleveland, who admitted having an affair with one Maria Halpin, they concealed their past and sometimes even lied about it.
That is, they all require the company to have lied for the purpose of deceiving the Government into paying for, and accepting delivery of, substandard parts.
In a survey of consumers, 18 per cent admitted mendacity by mobile, 27 per cent had fibbed by text and 27 per cent had lied by email.
The writer wrote: ``Knowing how our ex-president lied about everything, I realized that he must be lying about the advantages in voting for Proposition 87.
We would remind whoever we can that President Polk lied to the nation about the reason for going to war with Mexico in 1846.
There's a very good chance that one-third of them lied on their resume.
All these groups agreed that lying was common; that they, themselves, sometimes lied; that they were aware that they were frequently lied to--even sometimes while the lies were being spun: and that they rarely did anything about these lies.
Alterman shows how FDR lied to Congress and even to his closest aides about a number of off-the-record agreements he had made with Soviet premier Joseph Stalin at Yalta.
They may use perception management statements, such as "I could never hurt someone," "Lying is below me," "I have never lied," "I would never lie," or "I would never do such a thing," all of which should alert investigators to the possibility of deception.