What does give the lie mean?

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Verb
  1. (idiomatic, intransitive or transitive) to respond to an insult, accusation, or falsehood by saying the offender is lying, particularly in the context of provoking a challenge to a duel
  2. Used in give the lie to.
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He was one of those frequent cases which give the lie to the laws of heredity.
These are findings that give the lie to the more excessive propaganda of the sceptic press.
If things go on unchanged, by 2007 that disease will be incurable and give the lie to all our aspirations.
These figures give the lie to claims that Australia cannot afford increased defence spending.

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