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TO LIE. That which is proper, is fit; as, an action on the case lies for an injury committed without force; corporeal hereditaments lie in livery, that is, they pass by livery; incorporeal hereditaments lie in grant, that is, pass by the force of the grant, and without any livery. Vide Lying in grant.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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We can now have all the past forms together: 1) My brother lied against me.
Reagan lied about the invasion of Grenada, claiming falsely that it was a threat to the United States.
One participant made only five truthful responses and lied 44 times, and was excluded from the analysis.
Rather than treating this distinction as a minor point of legitimate confusion, the news media concluded that Gore had willfully lied. In doing so, however, the media repeatedly misstated the facts, insisting that Segal had denied that Gore was the model for the lead male character.
President as the adulterer who lied to us about the very lies we've told ourselves, how could we possibly avoid confronting his--our--most vile prevarication of all?
Consistently, since January, roughly 60 percent of the polled public has said that Clinton lied, but that Starr was unfair, that the press dwelt too much on the scandal and was wrong to rely on anonymous sources.
Truman also lied to the nation about our war in Korea, saying we were fighting for democracy (hardly, since South Korea was a military dictatorship).
That is, they all require the company to have lied for the purpose of deceiving the Government into paying for, and accepting delivery of, substandard parts.
He lies about where he goes, about job orders he gets, about his friends and when I find out the truth, he explains that he lied because I would get upset.
Earlier deception studies had used people who lied at the behest of experimenters.
With the notable exception of bachelor Grover Cleveland, who admitted having an affair with one Maria Halpin, they concealed their past and sometimes even lied about it.
Merle Hoffman remembers the shock she felt when she picked up her New York Times on the morning of February 26 and saw the headline: An Abortion Rights Advocate Says He Lied About Procedure.