barefaced lie

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
References in classic literature ?
On another occasion he came almost completely to grief by flinging a whole dish of cutlets at an officer who was acting as steward, attacking him and, it was said, striking him for having broken his word and told a barefaced lie.
Miss Ophelia was so indignant at the barefaced lie, that she caught the child and shook her.
According to Indian nuclear experts, their countrys decision to build a nuclear force was taken only in the late 1980s, a barefaced lie, especially after it had become clear to them that Pakistan, with Chinese technological assistance, had made advances in the nuclear weapons programme.
Mrs Holgate replied: "That's a barefaced lie - I didn't say it in the first place.
That claim looks more and more like a barefaced lie following the spending spree they have now promised in a blind panic.
First of all, I want to confirm that statements by the US Secretary of State and British government are inconsistent with reality and a barefaced lie," Omran Al Zohbi said.
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said in an interview published on the Kremlin-funded Russia Today's website, that the statements by the US secretary of state and British government are inconsistent with reality and a barefaced lie, reports News24.
First of all, I want to confirm that statements by the US secretary of state and British government are inconsistent with reality and a barefaced lie," Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said in an interview published on the Kremlin-funded Russia Today's website.
Someone might neglect to tell the whole truth by omitting important information, exaggerating to impress others, downplaying the significance of something known to be crucial, saying something in a deliberately ambiguous way to provide an out, or telling a barefaced lie.
The only thing I was surprised about was several lawmakers' barefaced lie.
That is not only highly immature but it is a barefaced lie.
We are all seeking democracy especially that we come from totally undemocratic countries; however, democracy a la United States is a barefaced lie because the spread of democracy will end up in the creation of governments and systems opposing the United States and its foreign policy.
A promise that has turned out to be a barefaced lie.
In a world where every identity could be an elaborate illusion and every declaration of love a barefaced lie, who do you trust?
The honeymoon officially ended the year after when the home bias proved to be nothing more than a barefaced lie as victories were split evenly between hosts and their guests.