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    What does 'lies volumes' mean?

    Collins Cobuild:
    One picture speaks volumes. Or rather lies volumes.

    The Chinese translation version says 'lies volumes' means 'displays everything'. I doubt it. Does 'lie' here mean 'say something that is not the truth'? But I'm not sure.
    Could I ask native speakers to help me with this sentence?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: What does 'lies volumes' mean?

    Yes - 'lie' here refers to 'not speaking/disclosing the truth'

    Do you understand how a picture can 'lie volumes'?

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    Re: What does 'lies volumes' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Yes - 'lie' here refers to 'not speaking/disclosing the truth'

    Do you understand how a picture can 'lie volumes'?
    Hi, David L. Does it mean 'mislead people in a great degree' (I'm not sure whether I've worded it clearly)?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: What does 'lies volumes' mean?

    Yes, it's highly misleading.

    The phrase "speaks volumes" is fairly common and means that a picture shows exactly what is happening. I can't recall coming across "lies volumes" before but the meaning is clear from the context.

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    Re: What does 'lies volumes' mean?

    joham: Yes - 'mislead people to a great degree'

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