President Donald J. trump meets with Fabiana Rosales de Guaido, the First Lady of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Definitions and Examples

in Politics by

Lie (verb): Fabricate, issue a deliberately false statement
As in: Mythomania, pathological lying

Lie (noun): The lair or place of cover
As in: Your party

Lie behind: The real, often hidden, reason for something
As in: Greed, racism, power, ignorance, misogyny, etc.

Let it lie: Take no action regarding a problematic matter
As in: See Mitch McConnell

Lie with: Be attributable to
As in: The violence lies with the president’s own words

Take it lying down: Accept an insult, a personal affront
As in: 1 in 18 Republicans slammed by POTUS

Lie down on the job: Neglect one’s responsibilities
As in: Continuing resolution

Lie low: Keep out of sight
As in: Congress leaves town

Lies heavy on one: Feeling troubled
As in: 2020 if not sooner

Lies in ruin: Badly damaged, almost beyond repair
As in: Democracy

Lie (noun): the way, the position where the ball came to rest
As in: The ease of the next action, vote.



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Yvonne Daley is a career journalist who returned to poetry for sanity in these troubled times. She lives in Vermont, still a sane place (with sane politicians.)