give the lie to (something)

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give the lie to (something)

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

give the lie to something

Fig. to show that something is a lie. The evidence gives the lie to your testimony. Your own admission of your part in the conspiracy gives the lie to your earlier testimony.
See also: give, lie

give the lie to

Show to be false, refute, as in His black eye gave the lie to his contention that he hadn't been fighting. [First half of 1500s]
See also: give, lie

give the lie to

1. To show to be inaccurate or untrue.
2. To accuse of lying.
See also: give, lie