lend credence to (something)

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lend credence to (something)

To make something seem more credible or probable, perhaps by providing additional information or details. He splashed mud all over his car and clothes to lend credence to his story about being in the mountains all weekend. We cannot do anything that will lend credence to our opponents' allegations about us.
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Speaking at a press conference in Model Town, the PML-N leader slammed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman saying his interview to a journalist lent credence to his statements about the corruption watchdog's head.
"Unfortunately, a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement," a party spokesman said.
Unfortunately, he had said, a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement.
Najib lent credence to news about the flight when he later tweeted and Facebooked that he would be taking a 'short break' abroad to spend time with his family.
Plete lent credence to the Vietnamese fishermen's account that they reached Philippine waters 'to protect themselves from unsympathetic and exacting waves brought about by then incoming Typhoon 'Ferdie' and 'habagat' in the Philippine sea.'
But it is an accusation lent credence to by serving Taliban commanders, to whom the programme gained unique access.
The defeat lent credence to the widespread belief that the South Africans are cricket's biggest chokers, and Smith was at a loss to pinpoint the reason for the failure.
Shirakawa's comments have lent credence to the view that an imminent monetary easing is unlikely.
Dhoni's admission about late- night parties during the IPL affecting India's performance in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup only lent credence to the state's stance.
The 34-year-old Leeds keeper has turned the clock back this season with some stunning displays, that has lent credence to his claims for an international recall.
A Florida Supreme Court ruling that upheld a $2.16 million verdict against Wal-Mart for illegally selling ammunition to minors who killed a Pensacola man, has lent credence to singer Sheryl Crow's an-going battle with the discount giant.
The broadcast of rapidfire Russian overheard by listening posts also lent credence to the rumors that the MiG drivers from over the Yalu were Soviet.
Evocative, like many of Jonas's works, of silent movies, it lent credence to my suspicion that this great, grave sprite of the North is a spiritual da ughter to Buster Keaton and a fairy godmother to Bjork.
These observations lent credence to the idea that a universal principle is at work.
In this century, Thompson points out, the advent of the atom bomb and Green predictions of environmental catastrophe have lent credence to forecasts of Armageddon.