Tuesday 14 August 2007

Phrase of the Day 133: "barefaced"

" a barefaced liar"

definition of 'barefaced': bold, audacious, impudent, or shameless.

example: "Many boys in my neighbourhood group were brought up with no parental guidance and several were barefaced liars."

origin: Shakespeare first recorded "barefaced" in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' as "beardless, with no hair upon the face" . By 1825, the phrase became "the barefacedness of the lie", and Harriet Beecher Stowe writes of a barefaced lie in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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