lie through (one's) teeth

(redirected from lying through our teeth)

lie through (one's) teeth

To lie brazenly and unabashedly. Stop lying through your teeth—we have evidence that you were here the night of the crime.
See also: lie, teeth, through
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lie through one's teeth

Fig. to lie boldly. I knew she was lying through her teeth, but I didn't want to say so just then. If John denies it he's lying through his teeth, because I saw him do it.
See also: lie, teeth, through
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lie through one's teeth

Also, lie in one's teeth. Utter outrageous falsehoods, as in He was lying through his teeth when he said he'd never seen her before; they've known each other for years . This expression presumably alludes to a particular facial grimace one assumes when lying. [c. 1300]
See also: lie, teeth, through
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.

lie through your teeth

If someone lies through their teeth, they tell obvious lies and do not seem to be embarrassed about this. We ought to be mad that public officials lie through their teeth. `We were on vacation in Barbados a few years ago and we met Brad Pitt in a bar,' says Phil, lying through his teeth. Note: In British English, you can also say that someone lies in their teeth. I should have known he was lying in his teeth when he said he would pay more than we were owed.
See also: lie, teeth, through
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

lie through your teeth (or in your throat)

tell an outright lie without remorse. informal
See also: lie, teeth, through
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

lie through your ˈteeth

(informal) tell very obvious lies without being embarrassed: The witness was clearly lying through his teeth.
See also: lie, teeth, through
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

lie through (one's) teeth

To lie outrageously or brazenly.
See also: lie, teeth, through
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.

lie through one's teeth, to

To prevaricate outrageously. Versions of this seemingly modern expression appeared as long ago as the fourteenth century. William Safire cites its use in The Romance of Sir Guy of Warwick (“Thou lexst amidward thi teth”), as well as in a still earlier Northumbrian poem, but points out that Shakespeare preferred the throat to the teeth (Twelfth Night, 3.4; Hamlet, 2.2). Of more recent provenance is to lie like a trooper, dating from the late 1800s; the British version is to swear like a trooper. Why a trooper should have been singled out is a matter of conjecture. Presumably it alludes to the legendary lack of truthfulness in the military, especially the lower ranks, who lie to escape punishment. Originally “like a trooper” meant vigorously, or with great enthusiasm, which clearly was carried over to lying.
See also: lie, through, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also: