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lie to (one)

To tell one an untruth or falsehood. Don't lie to me—was it you who took the money? He's been lying to his employees for months about the state of the company.
See also: lie

lie to someone (about someone or something)

to tell an untruth about someone or something to someone. You wouldn't lie to me about Sarah, would you? I'm not lying to you!
See also: lie
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To say "Don't ever lie to me!" or "If you lie to me, I'm never going to trust you again!!" doesn't really make sense in response to one of these pragmatic, developmental lies.
For example, 61% maintain it is okay for a man to lie to her about how she looks; 48%, his attraction to other women; and 39%, her performance in bed.
Hence, if a president believes a lie to be necessary to maintain or improve his political fortunes, the lie is told.
Clearly, the individuals involved in deciding to lie to the press made a choice to present false information because of a belief that the use of deception prevented a greater evil than the lie (i.e., narcotics suppliers being apprehended).
We may lie to spare an individual potential harm; to foster a situation that would bring about a greater good; or to nurture a self-serving goal (though not malicious).
And if your child hears you lie to someone else, he'll get the idea that lying is okay.
The poll was carried out by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to mark the launch of something called Lie to Me Season 1 on DVD, and it reported that men tell an average of six lies a day to their partner, boss or work colleagues.
Among the survey's most alarming findings was the fact 49% of women said they would lie to their partners in a bid to save the relationship - including if they became pregnant by another man.
Iago states, "He holds me well; the better shall my purpose work on him," which is Shakespearese for "My boss trusts me, so I can lie to him and he'll believe what I say."
The question about whether your child lying to you is good, needs to be rephrased to ask why your child feels they need to lie to you.