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    I would like to know what does the expression figures lie and liars figures mean

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    Re: Expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Silene Rodrigues View Post
    I would like to know what does the expression figures lie and liars figures mean
    I imagine the context is particularly important (it often is in case of wordplay like this). The first phrase is a fixed collocation: figures lie, which means that appropriately chosen statistics can be used to distort the truth. The second phrase, liar figures, exchanges the sounds of the first to say something entirely different (using a verbal meaning of 'figure').


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