tell a lie

This page is about the collocation tell a lie

collocation pattern: verb + noun


to say something you know isn't true

For example

  • If you keep telling us lies, we'll never believe you again.

  • After the lies he'd told in court were exposed, the company's lawyer went to jail.

A similar collocation that's used as a euphemism for "tell a lie", especially in politics, is "tell an untruth"

Quick Quiz

If somebody tells a lie, they

a. know what they've said is wrong

b. think what they've said is correct

c. hope what they've said comes true

Contributor: Matt Errey