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barefaced liar

One who tells blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruths easily and with little or no attempt to disguise the lie. Everyone knows he is just a barefaced liar. It's a wonder anyone believes a thing he says anymore.
See also: barefaced, liar

bald-faced liar

One who tells blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruths easily and with little or no attempt to disguise the lie. Everyone knows he is just a bald-faced liar. It's a wonder anyone believes a thing he says anymore.
See also: liar

bold-faced liar

One who tells blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruths easily and with little or no attempt to disguise the lie. Everyone knows he is just a bold-faced liar. It's a wonder anyone believes a thing he says anymore.
See also: liar

a/the liar is not believed when he tells the truth

A person who gains a reputation for being dishonest will not be believed about anything, even the truth. You've become so adept at taking advantage of your friends' goodwill, that you're going to run into trouble should you even genuinely need help. The liar is not believed when he tells the truth. You need to stop spinning these tall tales, Frankie, or people will start believing you to be nothing but a liar—and a liar is not believed even when he tells the truth.
See also: believe, he, liar, not, tell, truth

liar is not believed (even) when he tells the truth

Prov. If people think that you are a liar, they will not believe anything you say. As it turned out, Fred was right when he warned his friends that the police were planning to raid their party; but they paid no attention to him, since they knew him to be a liar, and a liar is not believed even when he tells the truth.
See also: believe, he, liar, not, tell, truth

barefaced lie/liar

A shamelessly bold untruth/prevaricator. Bare here means bold-faced or brazen, but one writer speculates that barefaced, which dates from the late sixteenth century, originally meant “beardless,” a condition perhaps considered audacious in all but the youngest men. In any event, by the late seventeenth century it also meant bold and became attached to lie in succeeding years. See also naked truth.
See also: barefaced, liar, lie

liar, liar, pants on fire

A schoolyard taunt to someone suspected of prevaricating. It also is used by adults, although not usually in a serious sense. However, former New York mayor Edward I. Koch, berating politicians who failed to sign on to remake the state’s ineffective government, said, “You’re either on the side of the angels, or you’re a bum. And if the angels betray their pledges, I’m going to run around the state screaming, ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire!’” (New York Times, August 8, 2010). And a cartoon by Mike Luckovich shows one character with flames on his pants, saying “The evidence is overwhelming, global warming’s real . . .” while the other replies, “Liar, liar, pants on fire” (Boston Globe, July 23, 2010).
See also: fire, on, pant
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Even the most experienced liars feel uncomfortable voicing their deceptions--so much so, in fact, that they will almost always lie in stages, first trying to avoid a topic entirely, then omitting crucial information, then using selective wording and evasive quasi-denials, and finally (if all else fails) coming out with the bald-faced lie.
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Liars don't shift around or touch their noses or clear their throats any more than truth tellers do.
4th DCA 1996), the court crafted its approval in characterizing a witness as a liar "so long as counsel relates the argument solely to the testimony of the witnesses and evidence in the record.
In Billy, Budd, Herman Melville created a liar as evil as Iago.
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Yesterday she added: "A lie is a lie and a liar is a liar.
As in the previous case, the Liar which now takes the form of a sentence [beta] denoting '[logical not][PSI]([beta])' is neither true nor false (the negation [logical not] is interpreted as role switching).
I don't know if this is true or a story from Billy's Weekly Liar.
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The third, Damien Daley, alleged by some to be a police informer, admitted on oath in Nottingham that he was a liar.
Reluctant to call the mother a liar, the investigator asked her if she had a reason to lie.
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