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Re: Bare-faced

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 11, 2011 at 09:47

In Reply to: Bare-faced posted by Barbara Peterson on March 08, 2011 at 21:46:

: A "bare-faced" lie. Where does the "bare-faced" come from?

The metaphor is that the lie is not "wearing a mask": it is blatantly what it is. There's a good discussion of "bare-faced", the related "bold-faced" and the similar-sounding "bald-faced" here: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bal2.htm