British informal Used to correct oneself immediately when one realizes that one has made an incorrect remark: I never used to dream—I tell a lie, I did dream when I was little
More example sentences
- Actually, that's a lie, I returned to York on Monday night but this is the first time I've actually sat down at my computer to go through my e-mails.
- Actually that's a lie; I've seen daughter #3 covet some of the things in that shop and she's almost 19!
- Actually, that's a lie - we managed to establish that we both love liquorice.
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