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bear false witness

To lie about or misrepresent the truth about some event, person, or thing. In common usage, it usually refers to perjury (telling a lie while under oath in a court of law) or to the Ninth Commandment of the Old Testament, from which the phrase is taken: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." Even if it is a small lie and seems harmless, if you bear false witness under oath, you may end up going to jail yourself.
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leading question

a question that suggests the kind of answer that the person who asks it wants to hear. The mayor was angered by the reporter's leading questions. "Don't you think that the police are failing to stop crime?" is an example of a leading question.
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witness for someone or something

to serve as a witness for some person or some deed. They could find no one to witness to something witness for the accused person. The police found someone to witness for the hour of the crime.
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witness to something

to serve as a witness to some act or deed. I was witness to the beating. We were not witness to any of the activities you have described.
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bear witness to something

to show by your existence that something is true The survivors of this disaster bear witness to a terrible event we would like to forget.
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bear testimony/witness to something

  (formal)
if something bears testimony to a fact, it proves that it is true The numerous awards on his walls bear witness to his great success.
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leading question

A question worded so as to elicit particular information or a particular answer, as in When are you selling the business? This example assumes that the person is going to sell the business, an action that may not have been established or revealed. This expression originated with a specific meaning in law, that is, "a question that guides a witness toward a desired answer." In court, this practice is called leading a witness and is forbidden. [Mid-1800s]
See also: leading, question
References in classic literature ?
Meanwhile, the cursed Frenchman was eyeing me discreetly and askance, as though he wished to avoid witnessing my confusion.
murmured the Comte de la Fere, at witnessing with stupor this monstrous alliance of words; -- "friends
I had been watching by my father's deathbed: I had been witnessing the last fitful yearning glance his soul had cast back on the spent inheritance of life--the last faint consciousness of love he had gathered from the pressure of my hand.
Another was chewing his moustache and smiling quietly as if he were witnessing a play.
So strong was the merchant's interest in witnessing what was to ensue between the fair Polly and the gallant Feathertop that, after quitting the room, he could by no means refrain from peeping through the crevice of the curtain.
I was merely protecting myself from the pain of witnessing what it would hurt me to witness.
The gardeners' evidence, as to the witnessing of the will was taken, and then Dorcas was called.
witnessing a signature is not to be done by mooning out of window and smoking into the flowers.