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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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Demagogues and dictators have been elected before and this surely gives the lie to the claim.
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Washington, March 03, 2011 (Frontier Star): The mass anti-government protests in the Middle East is a major setback for al-Qaeda as fall of authoritarian regimes in Egypt and Tunisia have proved wrong the message of the terror outfit that violence is not required for change, a top US official said."The revolutions in Tunisia and in Egypt and the protests elsewhere that are leading to reforms in a number of governments, I think are an extraordinary setback for al-Qaida," US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said at a Pentagon news conference."It basically gives the lie to al-Qaida's claim that the only way to get rid of authoritarian governments is through extremist violence.
your EMAIL @dailypost.or write 48, Old Liverpool Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, which supports False Economy, said: "False Economy's new research on NHS job cuts gives the lie to Government claims that the NHS was safe in their hands.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, said: "False Economy's new research on NHS job cuts gives the lie to Government claims that the NHS was safe in their hands."
Shadow women and equality minister Yvette Cooper said: "This shocking decision gives the lie to the Government's claim 'we're all in this together'."
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The Home Secretary added: "As I said in my speech (to the conference) this is the sort of community project that gives the lie to those opportunistic politicians who want to do our country down and talk about broken Britain."
The many thousands of Welsh speakers who will shortly be arriving in Cardiff for the National Eisteddfod gives the lie to such an outrageous statement.
Levenes Solicitors based in the city centre says that the award, although substantial, gives the lie to those who rally against the "compensation culture".
It surely finally gives the lie to a once proud boast that we are all Jock Tamson's Bairns.
It gives the lie to our American world of euphemism in which devastating bombardments are advertised as "surgical strikes" and wars are planned by Halliburton.