barefaced lie

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barefaced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise their mendacity. My opponent's assertion that I intend to raise the tax rates is baseless; it is nothing but a barefaced lie.
See also: barefaced, lie

barefaced lie

A shameless falsehood. For example, Bill could tell a barefaced lie with a straight face. The adjective barefaced means "beardless," and one theory is that in the 1500s this condition was considered brazen in all but the youngest males. By the late 1600s barefaced also meant "brazen" or "bold," the meaning alluded to in this phrase.
See also: barefaced, lie
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Or perhaps Boris was smirking back in 2017 because he knew the [pounds sterling]350 million NHS claim was a disposable, bare-faced lie, which had already persuaded voters to back Brexit and now hardly mattered.
In other words, the Government told a bare-faced lie in order to get its own way.
This is the kind of bare-faced lie that is the hallmark of Trump's administration: Sessions's entire career has been dogged by allegations of racism.
"Western media either know nothing about the world, or else their job is to report a bare-faced lie," Yildirim said in response to a reporter's question on an article published under the headline Turkey's Syria operation - ISIL is the pretext, the Kurds the target.
Starting with a bare-faced lie, host Mark Dolan told intellectual giant Gemma Collins: "You look amazing." Yeah right.
Certeza also refuted another allegation in the complaint that Mayor Binay "conspired" with his co-respondents, calling it a "bare-faced lie" without any supporting evidence.
Judge Gregory said Maya's claim that his wife had paid the pounds 120,000 deposit and taken on the pounds 670,000 mortgage was "cloud-cuckoo land" and a "bare-faced lie" because the housewife had not worked since 1988.
But between the covers even a first-time reader would immediately realize that this book of poetry (the author's thirteenth) is neither bare of verbal devices nor utterly devious, "a bare-faced lie." For at least the past decade (of the three since his first book, published at age forty-two) Jayanta Mahapatra has been working progressively away from an initially obscurantist, love-and-weariness-haunted style of complaint that soon become more concerned to catch evanescent moods and apparently aimless meditations on quotidian events (characteristically rain, birds and skies, rivers and boats) and has attained in his last few books an increasingly sure and direct, almost investigative, poetic procedure.
The President's 'facts', which he claimed to have proof of, have been shown to be yet another bare-faced lie on his part.
Arun Aggarwal told a "bare-faced lie" to trouser the cash by claiming he needed state support to live on.
McDonald told a bare-faced lie to his match observer then eventually told the truth 48 hours later, only to see his superiors attempt to perpetuate the lie instead.
Do I tell the truth and get 20 minutes on what's wrong with newspapers, or do I tell a bare-faced lie and say I'm a quantity surveyor?
The President's facts, which he claimed to have proof of, have now been shown to be another bare-faced lie on his part.
He claimed Wallace "boasted" to him about kicking Mr Jedrzejewski, which Mr Lewis suggested was "a bare-faced lie".
"That's a bare-faced lie isn't it?" Mr Mather-Lees said.