nail a lie

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nail a/the lie

To prove, expose, or demonstrate that something is false. Often used in the phrase "nail the lie that (something is the case)." The model has gone on record numerous times to nail the lie that her photographs had been digitally altered by the magazine. We're working to nail a lie that has continued to be spread for years: that simply giving up carbs will help you permanently lose weight.
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nail a lie

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If you nail a lie, you show that something is definitely not true. Top designer Calvin Klein is one of those helping to finally nail the lie that young is best.
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nail a lie

expose something as a falsehood or deception.
The reference here is to shopkeepers nailing forged coins to their shop counter to expose them and put them out of circulation, or to farmers pinning dead vermin to a barn door as a deterrent to others.
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According to the paper, Supreme Court Justice David Beach said in awarding the damages that the case was about "vindication and 'nailing the lie"".
Behind the scenes the Government have been forced to delay the Thameslink fleet contract, nailing the lie that they could not go with the UK train builders in Derby because it would slow down the process.
The dossier also reveals how the Pakistan Army protects and guards these terror camps thus nailing the lie that the Pakistani establishment has been dishing out ever since the terror attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Here is a poem designed to be thrown into the teeth of the God who doesn't exist, or so at least the poet seems to say, though he never quite relinquishes his hope that he might be wrong somehow, for he ends the poem by, asserting that "Unbelief has just enough cunning / To be grateful when nailing the lie / Of transcendence that still every steeple / Points nowhere but into the sky."
But Gordon Brown is pulling it off, nailing the lie that Labour can't run the economy.