Definitions starting with L

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lie

[ cf. Gul. lie, Sra. lay tori tale, riddle (Dillard 1977:141; cf. also DJE nine-night lie idem and Réunion Cr. Fr. zistwa:r mãte:r idem (Chauden­son 1974:130)] n. a tall tale; an entertaining story: 1966 (Crowley 27).

ain' no word a lie phr. That is the exact truth. (Gen.)

lie an' tale, lyin' tale [cf. W Car, lie-and-story gossip, slander]

n. 1. a fib. (Eleu.)

2. slander: She's carry lying tale to all the neighbors (Nassau). (Gen.)

lie on somebody [OED idem →1871] phr. to tell untruths about someone: Brenda gone lie on me to the teacher (Crooked). (Gen.)

Tags: folktales, noun, phrase

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Last update: 2011-06-03 22:45
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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