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big lie, the

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big lie, the

modifier

: the big-lie technique/ a big-lie approach

noun phrase

A major political untruth, usually of a demagogic sort, uttered frequently by leaders as a means of duping and controlling the constituency

[1940s+; fr a notion of Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf (1924), that a big lie is often easier to foist on the masses than a little one]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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