Posted by R. Berg on March 09, 2003
In Reply to: Lie like a cheap rug posted by Miri Barak on March 08, 2003
: : : The context
: : : "Women were handing out compliments like candy at a parade, but I took it witha grain of salt - I know women *lie like cheap rugs* when it comes to flattery.
: : : What is the exact meaning of this expression,is it - hypocrisy?
: : : Thank you
: : : Miri
: : "Lie like a cheap rug" is a cliché that simply means "lie readily"--tell untruths often and without good reason. It comes from a pun on the word "lie." A cheap rug is thin; it lies flat on the floor.
you very much Berg.
: I found the cliche "lie like a rug". is it common to use it also with the word "cheap", or is it something that the writer added?
: thank you again, you've been great help
I think "cheap" has been used before in this phrase, not only by that particular writer.