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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

give the lie to

1. To show to be inaccurate or untrue.
2. To accuse of lying.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The scenes enacted in the privacy of Daylight's office, and of the meetings of his boards of directors, would have given the lie to the editorials in his newspapers; as, for instance, when he addressed the big stockholders in the Sierra and Salvador Power Company, the United Water Company, and the several other stock companies:--
But pals George Gibson and James Lawson have given the lie to the notion that today's kids are grasping little horrors.
Apart from his brave wife Denise, millions of women all over Britain will be delighted Gary McAllister has just given the lie to that load of old rubbish.
But syndie TV has given the lie to that truism of late, says Robb Dalton, prexy of programming and production for Twentieth TV.
A SURVEY by police has given the lie to assumptions that Asian people feel at high risk of becoming victims of crime.
SIX Christmas crackers have given the lie to doom-laden predictions of pounds 3 billion of unsold goods in High Street shops.