it needs / takes a hundred lies to cover a single lie
/ɪt nˈiːdz tˈeɪks ɐ hˈʌndɹəd lˈaɪz tə kˈʌvɚɹ ɐ sˈɪŋɡəl lˈaɪ/
used to suggest that lies are not only unethical but can also be difficult to keep track of, as they often require further lies to maintain the illusion of truth
a lie has no legs
/ɐ lˈaɪ hɐz nˈoʊ lˈɛɡz/
used to imply that lies have no foundation or support to stand on, and will eventually be exposed or disproved
ask no questions and / , hear no lies
/ˈæsk nˈoʊ kwˈɛstʃənz ænd hˈɪɹ nˈoʊ lˈaɪz/
used to suggest that sometimes it's better to remain ignorant in order to avoid falsehoods or unpleasant truths
half the truth is often a whole lie
/hˈæf ðə tɹˈuːθ ɪz ˈɔfən ɐ hˈoʊl lˈaɪ/
used to emphasize that intentionally withholding important or relevant information can be just as deceptive and harmful as telling an outright lie
liars need good memories
/lˈaɪɚz nˈiːd ɡˈʊd mˈɛmɚɹiz/
used to imply that lying can be difficult to sustain over time, as those who lie must have a good memory to keep track of their falsehoods and maintain consistency in their story
one lie makes many
/wˈʌn lˈaɪ mˌeɪks mˈɛni/
used to imply that telling a lie can lead to a chain of lies and deceit, as it often requires additional lies or cover-ups to maintain the initial falsehood
a lie can travel (halfway) around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes / boots
/ɐ lˈaɪ kæn tɹˈævəl hˈæfweɪ ɔːɹ ɐɹˈaʊnd ðə wˈɜːld wˌaɪl ðə tɹˈuːθ ɪz pˈʊɾɪŋ ˌɑːn ɪts ʃˈuːz ɔːɹ bˈuːts/
used to warn that false information can cause harm or damage even if they are later proven to be untrue, emphasizing the need to be cautious about believing or spreading unverified information
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