give the lie to
phrasal 1. to accuse of falsehood 2. to show to be false, inaccurate, or invalid

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • give the lie to — (something) formal to show that something is not true. The high incidence of cancer in the region surely gives the lie to official assurances that the factory is safe …   New idioms dictionary

  • give the lie to — ► give the lie to serve to show that (something assumed to be true) is not true. Main Entry: ↑lie …   English terms dictionary

  • give the lie to — DISPROVE, contradict, negate, deny, refute, rebut, controvert, belie, invalidate, discredit, debunk; challenge, call into question; informal shoot full of holes, shoot down (in flames); formal confute, gainsay. → lie * * * phrasal …   Useful english dictionary

  • give the lie to — {v. phr.}, {literary} 1. To call (someone) a liar. * /The police gave the lie to the man who said that he had been at home during the robbery./ 2. To show (something) to be false; prove untrue. * /The boy s dirty face gave the lie to his answer… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give the lie to — {v. phr.}, {literary} 1. To call (someone) a liar. * /The police gave the lie to the man who said that he had been at home during the robbery./ 2. To show (something) to be false; prove untrue. * /The boy s dirty face gave the lie to his answer… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give\ the\ lie\ to — v. phr. literary 1. To call (someone) a liar. The police gave the lie to the man who said that he had been at home during the robbery. 2. To show (smth) to be false; prove untrue. The boy s dirty face gave the lie to his answer that he had washed …   Словарь американских идиом

  • give the lie to — verb to prove something to be false; to refute They found plenty of email that gave the lie to his assertion that he didnt know about the incident …   Wiktionary

  • give the lie to — serve to show that (something assumed to be the case) is not true. → lie …   English new terms dictionary

  • give the lie to — idi a) to accuse of lying b) to prove the untruthfulness of; belie …   From formal English to slang

  • give the lie to —  Contradict. Show that something is false …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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