give the lie to something

give the lie to (something)

To refute or counter something. Her somber demeanor gave the lie to her statement that she was doing great.
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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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