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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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The 'report' nails the lie of many official pronouncements in this regard.
Without this agreement, the effect on the Welsh Government's budget from changing rates could be dwarfed by the funding arrangements the UK Government could look to impose." Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said: "This report reignites the debate about tax devolution, and nails the lie that a hike in income tax will always increase the overall tax take.
BETTY regurgitating on Wednesday a Queen's Speech dictated to her by David Cameron nails the lie Europe makes most of Britain's laws, yet all of the ridiculous Ruritanian pomp and ceremony can't hide this is a Tory administration running out of steam.
Communication and Workers Union general secretary Dave Ward said: "This fire sale nails the lie that the Tories stand up for ordinary people."
"This nails the lie that we do nothing for Everton."
"This nails the lie that the frontline will be protected - more than 200 nurses at Kingston will lose their jobs."
"This nails the lie that there has only been a tiny effect on jobs.
The story at once nails the lie that the Provos have no suspicions that this man betrayed them.
Second, 17 attempts on goal nails the lie that Boro are a dull, defence-minded side.
Now, the truth that nails the lie of the Chief Minister and his colleagues!
OWNING your own place, a house or flat you can call home, is the dying dream which nails the lie of the Tories as a party of aspiration.
Omar Khan, of race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust, said: "This nails the lie racism has been overcome in Britain or that when Jeremy Clarkson said the things he did it was an anomaly that does not tap into a wider problem."
``The survey nails the lie that unions only have a role in big businesses,'' he said.