One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Serve to show that (something previously assumed to be the case) is not true.‘these figures give the lie to the notion that Britain is excessively strike-ridden’
disprove, contradict, negate, deny, refute, rebut, gainsay, belie, invalidate, prove to be false, show to be false, explode, discredit, debunk, quash, knock the bottom out of, drive a coach and horses throughView synonyms
- ‘This, and other, exceptions to a ‘true’ meritocracy give the lie to protestations that merit admissions are in fact the order of the day at the Nation's universities.’
- ‘A visit to the F1 paddock soon gives the lie to that: most team owners and drivers now arrive at the circuit by private jet or helicopter.’
- ‘These figures give the lie to claims that Australia cannot afford increased defence spending.’
- ‘‘The Minister for Education has spoken at length about his commitment to tackling education disadvantage but his treatment of this issue gives the lie to that,’ she said.’
- ‘That view may be one of the most compelling right now but a view it remains, giving the lie to any contrastive image of redemption by representing every antidote as another potential toxin.’
- ‘Bucking the national trend, 82 per cent of voters turned out, giving the lie to all the talk of voter apathy.’
- ‘Evidence of his later life, and his lively presence on the screen, gave the lie to that.’
- ‘It emerged as an exceptionally complex picture, but the one thing that seems clear is that it gives the lie to simplistically doctrinaire attempts to define late Titian.’
- ‘If there's one thing guaranteed to give the lie to that ‘friends are the new family’ mantra, then it's holiday time.’
- ‘If things go on unchanged, by 2007 that disease will be incurable and give the lie to all our aspirations.’
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