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nail a/the lie

To prove, expose, or demonstrate that something is false. Often used in the phrase "nail the lie that (something is the case)." The model has gone on record numerous times to nail the lie that her photographs had been digitally altered by the magazine. We're working to nail a lie that has continued to be spread for years: that simply giving up carbs will help you permanently lose weight.
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nail a lie

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If you nail a lie, you show that something is definitely not true. Top designer Calvin Klein is one of those helping to finally nail the lie that young is best.
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nail a lie

expose something as a falsehood or deception.
The reference here is to shopkeepers nailing forged coins to their shop counter to expose them and put them out of circulation, or to farmers pinning dead vermin to a barn door as a deterrent to others.
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The soaring, enthusiastic participation of people in the democratic process helped India to nail the lie of Pakistan's propaganda that Kashmiris are for self-determination.
Voters must not be shamed or intimidated into a mistaken Yes ballot and we must nail the lie that if you vote No, you are not a Scottish patriot.
The research also appears to nail the lie that cannabis alleviates psychosis and that suffers should turn to it to self-medicate.
HIN A desperate bid to finally nail the lie that Guinness tastes better in Ireland, St James's Gate shipped over a barrel to one of Manchester's Oirish bars prior to Paddy's Day.
Since Sagaro there have been six Gold Cup winners who have won it twice in a row, but if you want to nail the lie of the old adage "never two without three" you just have to look up the Ascot record books.
Lib-Dem leader Clr Kath Pinnock, now out of the Cabinet after Tories took over control last month, said: "It is now time for the Liberal Democrats to nail the lie that there was, or is, any financial crisis at Kirklees Council.
Available data from across the country nail the lie that the benefits under Food Security Act have reached the intended groups.
These notices for 8,500 staff at Sheffield, coming on top of the notices for 26,000 in Birmingham, nail the lie that this Government's policies will not cost jobs.
She didn't get the job in publishing -- prestigious in her Hamlet- quoting father's estimation -- but what the heck, her parents could never nail the lie from the faraway hills.
I would like to take this opportunity to nail the lie gaining currency round the course on Sunday that the decision to close Camille's was made immediately after the rumour reached France that I had given up drink.
I have little doubt that the lads responsible for Jimmy's death will offend again, it goes with the turf, but banging them up for subsequent offences will never nail the lie that someone has got away with this crime.
It will stop the sniping at Edward and finally nail the lie that he is gay," Sophie said.
Anyway I want to nail the lie that personal terms was at the heart of my decision.
The reported cases of sexual harassment at workplaces nail the lie that the educated and socially enlightened people are more benign to their women colleagues.
In pounds and pence the unions must nail the lie that public servants are overpaid and underworked.