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 Lidskial’fa [the terror of nations].Lie Circumstantial (The) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lie.
 
(Anglo-Saxon, lige, a falsehood.)   1
   Father of lies. Satan (John viii. 44).   2
   The greatest lie. The four P’s (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 P’s threw up the sponge, saying such a falsehood could not possibly be outdone. (Heywood: The Four P’s.)   3
   White lies. (See WHITE.)   4
 


 Lidskial’fa [the terror of nations].Lie Circumstantial (The) 

 
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