give the lie to something

give the lie to something

If something gives the lie to something, it shows that it is not true. At first she thought she was alone. Then, ahead, she saw a sight that gave the lie to that. This survey gives the lie to the idea that Britain is moving towards economic recovery.
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give the lie to something

serve to show that something previously stated or believed to be the case is not true.
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give the ˈlie to something

(formal) show that something is not true: These statistics give the lie to the government’s claim that inflation is under control.
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