give the lie to
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- (idiomatic, transitive) To reveal or prove (something) to be false; to refute.
- They found plenty of emails that gave the lie to his assertion that he didn't know about the incident.
- 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 9, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 262:
- 'The automatic under his pillow gave the lie to that statement.'