put the lie to (something)

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put the lie to (something)

To refute or counter something; to show something to be incorrect or false. Her dejected demeanor put the lie to her statement that she was doing great. I have evidence putting lie to the president's claims that he never violated the tax code as a private citizen.
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put the lie to

To show to be false or inaccurate.
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The immense scandal of Catholic priest sex abuse puts the lie to the idea that adherence to a religious dogma inevitably results in moral conduct.
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Your refusal to communicate puts the lie to En-bridge's claim, one that you yourself promised to the community at Bella Bella, that Enbridge was genuinely interested in communicating with the community, regardless of people's opinion of your project.
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Schatz puts the lie to the notion that business kills art, showing instead how the interplay between studios' business and creative wings was responsible for creating so many classic films.