E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(Anglo-Saxon, lige, a falsehood.)
Father of lies. Satan (John viii. 44).
The greatest lie. The four Ps (a Palmer, a Pardoner, a Poticary, and a Pedlar) disputed as to which could tell the greatest lie. The Palmer said he had never seen a woman out of patience; whereupon the other three Ps threw up the sponge, saying such a falsehood could not possibly be outdone. (Heywood: The Four Ps.)