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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.
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barefaced lie

A blatantly obvious 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.
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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In White Lies and Barefaced Truths Cat is dared to talk to Ollie, Lia's gorgeous brother, on behalf of Becca, who is too shy to talk to him herself and has a secret crush on Ollie.
The closing ballet was the hilarious Gala Performance (1938, to Prokofiev), Tudor's send-up of the egotism and barefaced exhibitionism of ballerinas.
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The women are seen barefaced, with Dobrev in a hoodie and Merritt in a grey sports bra and matching leggings.
The doctors, or politicians with a reputation for telling barefaced lies.
you humans aren't all Saints At least we've never fired a gun to kill poor birds and beasts for fun A nasty trick of yours I'll mention, is to mug old folk just for their pension And think about the wars you've started with millions of souls now long departed Don't tell me some don't booze and rob, tell barefaced lies with a smiling gob And who locks creatures in a cage?
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While over half (55 percent) of the 1,907 gym-going women surveyed said they went completely barefaced at the gym, 11 percent said they were "occasional" makeup wearers at the gym, and 8 percent said that it depended on the situation, the New York Daily News reported.
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"This act adds up to the series of Israeli violations against Lebanon and its sovereignty," said Mansour, deeming today's Israeli aggression as a barefaced breech to International Security resolution 1701.
When Alex Polizzi arrives to cast her expert eye over the establishment, she's horrified that Tim expects everybody to remain naked throughout their stay - and feels he has barefaced cheek when he orders her to strip off too!
"This case challenges the Government's barefaced agenda to make our society one based on elitism and wealth."
Bahrain Ambassador to the UN Tawfik Al Mansour has submitted a memorandum addressed by the Foreign Ministry to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in protest of the barefaced interference of the Islamic Republic of Iran in its internal affairs, describing the flagrant stance as contradicting the principles of good neighbourhood, the non-interference in other countries' internal affairs and national sovereignty, the international law and the UN Charter.
Promises made by both of them in the run-up to the election, the subsequent hypocrisy and barefaced lies make me puke with despair and disgust.