liar, liar, pants on fire

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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"What is he supposed to say to Putin when he denies it, call him 'Liar, liar, pants on fire'?
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"Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire." This phrase always makes me turn my head to the side like a confused dog.
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The Congressional Ethics Committee--one of the more creative oxymorons currently in use ("guaranteed pension" and "McDonald's nutritional chart" are others of note)--has charged the Newtmeister with providing it with "inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable information." Or, in layman's terms: "liar, liar, pants on fire."