Meaning of “I tell a lie” in the English Dictionary

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"I tell a lie" in British English

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I tell a lie

mainly UK

something you say when you have just said something wrong and want to correct it:

Her name is Paula, no, I tell a lie (= I'm wrong) - it's Pauline.

(Definition of “I tell a lie” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)