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barefaced liar

One who tells blatantly obvious or impudent untruths easily and with little or no attempt to disguise the lie. Everyone knows he is just a barefaced liar. It's a wonder anyone believes a thing he says anymore.
See also: barefaced, liar
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barefaced lie/liar

A shamelessly bold untruth/prevaricator. Bare here means bold-faced or brazen, but one writer speculates that barefaced, which dates from the late sixteenth century, originally meant “beardless,” a condition perhaps considered audacious in all but the youngest men. In any event, by the late seventeenth century it also meant bold and became attached to lie in succeeding years. See also naked truth.
See also: barefaced, liar, lie
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"If someone had told me that I'd win this race when I was coming here I'd call them bare-faced liar.
His latest feeble excuse, saying that he 'misspoke' in his meeting with Vladimir Putin, is pathetic and confirms what we already know, he is a bullying bare-faced liar unfit to be leader of the western world.
Then when you say you tried to phone she calls you a bare-faced liar, she hasn't even switched her telly on for 15 years and her ears are fine.
Guiao, however, lashed out at referee Rey Yante and called him a 'bare-faced liar' after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter for using a profane language.
Such is the dedication and commitment of Sarikas to the protection of institutions he would rather be known as a bare-faced liar than allow the lifting of parliamentary immunity without adequate documentation.
Salmond was previously branded a "bare-faced liar" over EU membership after he claimed to have legal advice showing Scotland would become a member.
I'd say the man's either a bare-faced liar or he's an ignorant fool.
'He's nothing but a bare-faced liar and should have been taught a lesson, but he's got off scot-free.
Whether Tenet actually threatened to quit or not, I have no idea - but I do know that Clinton was a bare-faced liar, just as the entire American public later found out with the Lewinsky fiasco."
You're right, it was the 'Yes, Iraqi Information Minister' show, staring Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf as the, quite literally, bare-faced liar intent on convincing us the war was going Iraq's way.
DISGRACED Bertie Ahern is still charging EUR30,000 a time for public speaking - even though the Mahon Tribunal exposed him as a bare-faced liar.
Test veteran Ken McGinley said: "He either has no grasp of his brief at all or he is a bare-faced liar. Either way he doesn't deserve to stay."
'We were married for 37 years and now I find out he's a bare-faced liar,' said Janet.
The Prime Minister has turned out to be a bare-faced liar. Shame on Mr Blair."
A WITNESS in the Sharkey family triple murder trial yesterday denied being a "bare-faced liar".