lie


lie
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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, big fat (informal), great, monstrous

He told a big fat lie!

little
absolute, complete, downright, flat-out (AmE), outright, total

That's a downright lie!

little white, white

A little white lie is surely excusable.

deliberate
bald-faced (AmE), barefaced, blatant, obvious, transparent
elaborate

a web of elaborate lies

outrageous
vicious
VERB + LIE
be

That's a lie—I never said that!

tell (sb)
believe, swallow

How could she swallow such a blatant lie?

expose
live

He lived a lie for thirty years, ‘married’ to two women.

LIE + NOUN
detector
PHRASES
a pack of lies, a tissue of lies, a web of lies
give the lie to sth, put the lie to sth (= prove that something is not true)
spread lies (about sb)
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verb
1 be in a flat position
ADVERB
down

He was lying down on the bed.

there

He just lay there smiling.

comfortably, helplessly, limply, peacefully, quietly
PREPOSITION
on

She lay on her stomach.

in

She likes to lie in bed all day.

PHRASES
lie asleep, lie awake

I used to lie awake at night worrying about it.

lie dead, lie unconscious

A man lay dead in the middle of the road.

lie face down, lie prone (formal), lie prostrate (formal)

He was lying face down in the mud.

lie face up, supine (formal)

Lie face up with your feet on the floor.

lie flat

I was lying flat on the floor.

lie motionless, lie still

Lie still while I put the bandage on.

lie naked

She was still lying naked on the bed.

lie sprawled

She lay sprawled on the sofa.

2 say sth that is not true
ADVERB
convincingly

He was unable to lie convincingly.

easily
constantly, repeatedly
blatantly
deliberately, intentionally
completely, outright, totally (all AmE)
PREPOSITION
about

She lied about her age.

to

Don't lie to me.

PHRASES
lie through your teeth
lie under oath
Lie is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑challenge, ↑corpse, ↑crux, ↑danger, ↑destiny, ↑difference, ↑difficulty, ↑dilemma, ↑distinction, ↑dust, ↑explanation, ↑farm, ↑fog, ↑greatness, ↑guilt, ↑hair, ↑hand, ↑hope, ↑house, ↑loyalty, ↑mist, ↑remains, ↑route, ↑shadow, ↑snow, ↑success, ↑talent, ↑taste, ↑truth, ↑value, ↑weakness

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  • lie — lie …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • lie — [ li ] n. f. • 1120; lias VIIIe; gaul. °liga 1 ♦ Dépôt qui se forme au fond des récipients contenant des boissons fermentées. ⇒ fèces, résidu. Lie de cidre, de bière. Spécialt Lie de vin, ou absolt la lie. « Il ne sentait pas le vin, il sentait… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lié — lie [ li ] n. f. • 1120; lias VIIIe; gaul. °liga 1 ♦ Dépôt qui se forme au fond des récipients contenant des boissons fermentées. ⇒ fèces, résidu. Lie de cidre, de bière. Spécialt Lie de vin, ou absolt la lie. « Il ne sentait pas le vin, il… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lie — 1. (lie) s. f. 1°   Ce qu il y a de plus grossier dans une liqueur et qui va au fond. •   Avant qu aller si vite, au moins je le supplie Savoir que le bon vin ne peut être sans lie, RÉGNIER Sat. XII. •   La coupe où nous buvons a toujours une lie …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Lie — Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • LIE (S.) — À la fin du XIXe siècle, le mathématicien norvégien Marius Sophus Lie a posé les fondements d’une des théories les plus centrales des mathématiques contemporaines, la théorie des groupes de Lie, dont la puissance s’est révélée considérable, et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lie — lie1 [lī] vi. lay, lain, lying [ME lien < 2d & 3d pers. sing. of earlier liggen < OE licgan, to lie, akin to Ger liegen < IE base * legh , to lie, lay oneself down > L lectus & Gr lēchos, bed, lōchos, lair] 1. to be or put oneself in… …   English World dictionary

  • lie# — lie vb Lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth directly or indirectly. Lie is the straightforward word, flatly imputing dishonesty to the speaker {he lies, and he knows he lies Johnson} {the article . . . has… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lie — Ⅰ. lie [1] ► VERB (lying; past lay; past part. lain) 1) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface. 2) be or remain in a specified state. 3) reside or be found. 4) …   English terms dictionary

  • Lie — (l[imac]), n. [AS. lyge; akin to D. leugen, OHG. lugi, G. l[ u]ge, lug, Icel. lygi, Dan. & Sw. l[ o]gn, Goth. liugn. See {Lie} to utter a falsehood.] 1. A falsehood uttered or acted for the purpose of deception; an intentional violation of truth; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lie to Me — Logo original de la série Titre original Lie to Me Autres titres francophones Lie to Me : Crimes et Mensonges (Québec) Genre Série d …   Wikipédia en Français