1. lie, equivocate, stretch the truth, be untruthful, be a liar, Inf. tell a story, deviate from the truth; fib, euphemize, shilly-shally, evade, sidestep; dodge, fence, hedge, beat about the bush; elude, shy, weasel, be evasive, evade the truth, shuffle, shift, parry, beg the question, dissemble; fake, counterfeit, Inf. fake it, Inf. talk a good game; play a double game, play false, hoodwink; pettifog, quibble, cavil, split hairs, mince words, stickle, trifle.
2. falsify, belie, misrepresent, distort or twist the truth, misinform, mislead, construe falsely, put a false construction on, give a false color to; put on, pretend, sham, make-believe, sail under false colors; pervert, distort, strain, warp, twist, slant, color; gild, varnish, gloss, doctor, dress up, embellish, embroider, Inf. titivate, Inf. talk through one's hat, Inf. speak with forked tongue; deceive, lead [s.o.] down or up the garden path, throw [s.o.] off the scent, put [s.o.] on a false scent; drag or draw a red herring across the trail; disguise or mask the truth, conceal or hide the truth, cover up, Inf. deodorize, Inf. whitewash.
3. tell a lie or falsehood, fabricate, invent, manufacture, make up, trump up; hatch, concoct, Inf. cook up, Inf. make out of whole cloth; exaggerate, hyperbolize, inflate, blow up, puff up; magnify, enlarge on, overkill, carry too far, caricature, travesty, burlesque, make a mockery of the truth; slander, defame, libel, calumniate, traduce; perjure oneself, swear falsely, forswear, lie in one's teeth, lie flatly, speak falsely, bear false witness, lie like a trooper, lie like a rug.

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