Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

lie to (one's) face

lie to one's face
Meaning(s)
1) blatantly and directly speak an untruth to somebody
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • he/she lied straight to my face about what happened!
  • Analysis

    To lie to someone's face is an idiom meaning to tell a lie directly to someone without trying to hide it. You might also hear the expression 'a barefaced lie', meaning an obvious lie that is clearly not true.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I am happy to take Chris at his word. He's not the type of person to lie to your face.
    2. I am really upset that you would lie to my face like that. How can I trust you?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Jenny looked me in the eye and promised that she did not steal the money from the register. I can't believe she lied to my face like that!
    2. The manager got the staff together and told us that there would be no job cuts. Everyone knew he was lying straight to our faces.
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