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Old January 07, 2011, 10:41 AM
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La mentira tiene patas cortas

I am looking for an English phrase to say meaning "la mentira tiene patas cortas". This phrase is used to say that a lie can't get far because the liar will soon be caught entangled in a lot of contradictions. Sometimes is used as "gotcha!"
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Oddly there is no English phrase that matches this.
A lie will catch up with you
You know, honesty is the best policy
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I suppose that phrase is a colloquial phrase of your original city.
Then I can give you a hist about that phrase in my way.


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I suppose that phrase is a colloquial phrase of your original city.
Then I can give you a hist about that phrase in my way.


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En inglés decimos: in vino veritas
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I am looking for an English phrase to say meaning "la mentira tiene patas cortas". This phrase is used to say that a lie can't get far because the liar will soon be caught entangled in a lot of contradictions. Sometimes is used as "gotcha!"
Busted!

Liars don't get very far.
Liars never get very far.
Lying won't get you anywhere.
Lying gets you nowhere fast.
You won't get (very) far lying.

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

The truth will out.
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I can find attributed to Sophocles the saying "A lie never lives to be old", which may serve (although it's not a frase hecha).
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I can find attributed to Sophocles the saying "A lie never lives to be old", which may serve (although it's not a frase hecha).
Actually, the fragment 64 of Sophocles could be much more relevant than that: (I can't get the accents right)

αλλουδεν έρπει ψευδος εις γηρας χρόνου δηλον γαρ

the noun ψευδος is a lie
the verb έρπει (breathed έ) means to crawl (cf. herpes, [s]erpent)

Literally, for it is clear that a lie never crawls to old age.

How about that?
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En inglés decimos: in vino veritas
It was completely different to my commentary.
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Thank you very very much guys!

So I have a saying by Sophocles that says almost the same, but not frase hecha and, I add, without sharing the same language level.

I can use one sentence in a large collection that covers almost every situation. Most of them have their counterpart in Spanish.

La honestidad es la mejor política.
Una mentira acabará por atraparte.
Los mentirosos (nunca) llegan muy lejos.
Mintiendo no se consigue/logra nada.
Las mentiras te llevan pronto a un callejón sin salida.

And about veritas:

Los niños y los borrachos siempre dicen la verdad.
In vino veritas (high side) / El vino te suelta la lengua (low side)
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"Antes se pilla al mentiroso que al cojo"
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