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 Lie Circumstantial (The)Lie Quarrelsome (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lie Direct (The).
Sir, that’s a lie. You are a liar. This is an offence no gentleman can take.   1
“One day as I was walking, with my customary swagger,
Says a fellow to me, ‘Pistol, you’re a coward, though a bragger.’
Now, this was an indignity no gentleman could take, sir.
So I told him flat and plump. ‘You lie—(under a mistake, sir).’”

 Lie Circumstantial (The)Lie Quarrelsome (The). 


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