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 Lie.Lie Direct (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lie Circumstantial (The)
 
or The lie with circumstance. Sir, if you said so, it was a lie. As Touchstone says, this insult is voidable by this means—“If you said so, I said it was a lie,” but the word “if” makes the insult hypothetical. This is the lie direct in the second degree or once removed. (See COUNTERCHECK.)   1
 


 Lie.Lie Direct (The). 

 
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