bold-faced lie

bold-faced lie

A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise their mendacity. Sir, I have never done these things of which you accuse me; they are bold-faced lies, and nothing more.
See also: lie

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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So, there he sat on the kitchen floor, telling a bold-faced lie through that beautiful smile.
McCall has called the mailer a "bold-faced lie" and proof that Roy's allies are getting desperate.
In a text to the Sunday Mirror, Chester called the claims "a slanderous bold-faced lie." He also threatened the "full force of my legal team" but would not comment further.
In this political climate, the bold-faced lie bears seemingly little repercussion for politicians seeking office.
Some, like the page "may we live in peace after the death of Bin Laden" expressed joy, while others, like "the death of Bin Laden is a bold-faced lie" alluded to a Western conspiracy.
Although true on a cosmic level, on the planet Earth that's a bold-faced lie. There are 60 million people in Italy.
She warns against telling a potential partner a bold-faced lie because most intelligent people are knowledgeable enough to detect a big pretender.
Whatever their motivation, people are prone to fabricate stories, and in these past few weeks we have been treated to a virtual feast of half-truths and bold-faced lies. All served up at dusk, keeping to the Ramadan tradition.
County employees, media and time and date-stamped photos from SLEEPS have documented that Richardsons's comments are bold-faced lies and leave the county wide open to libel suits.
A damning assessment to be sure, and one that makes Burks' past promises to investors sound like bold-faced lies. "We are making the changes that will assure long-term survival and viability.
It is time to expose their flimsy arguments, bold-faced lies and immorality.