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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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I can't pretend there's nothing to share, even when, truth be told, I've uttered the boldfaced lie,"I don't have anything." I should have said,"I don't have anything for you ." Not long ago I gave some money to a woman in a wheelchair who was working the morning rush hour on the subway.
To say that more management will solve our problems now is disingenuous at best, and a boldfaced lie at worst.
Israel claims that Iran has a military nuclear program, which is a boldfaced lie. Even if Iran had the intention to produce nuclear weapons, it does not have the ability now, nor will it in one year, or five.
Because of recent advances, drugs that are able to alter dopamine levels free many patients from the terrible effects of mental illness." To Whitaker, this advertisement shows how "a scientific hypothesis had finally given way to a boldfaced lie" (p 199).
To add insult to injury, the boldfaced lie and comments of the nurse with whom the patient's fried last had contacted is almost inconceivable.
Regrettably, advocacy sometimes leads to preachy articles, such as the one on our need to accept and celebr ate the differences among people, or to dogmatic views: the author of one piece states that Yehuda Bauer's argument that Nazi murder of the Gypsies was not a genocide "amounts to a boldfaced lie" (pp, 157, 175).