This is a single word, idiom, phrase, expression request - so basically I'll take anything that fits the bill.
Basically I'm trying to translate the Chinese word 吹牛 - which dictionaries will tell you mean to brag & to boast - but it actually also refers to things that are usually all untruths and lies.
I thought, originally, that one of these would work: he's just bragging (i.e.: it's not, actually, true) - but Google only says:
?verb: brag; 3rd person present: brags; past tense: bragged; past participle: bragged; gerund or present participle: bragging
- say something in a boastful manner. "he bragged that he was sure of victory"
noun: brag; plural noun: brags
- a boastful statement.
verb: boast; 3rd person present: boasts; past tense: boasted; past participle: boasted; gerund or present participle: boasting
talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities.
"she boasted about her many conquests"
synonyms: brag, crow, swagger, swank, gloat, show off, blow one's own trumpet, sing one's own praises, congratulate oneself, pat oneself on the back; More
exaggerate, overstate; preen oneself, give oneself airs; informaltalk big, blow hard, lay it on thick, shoot one's mouth off; informalskite, big-note oneself "his mother had been boasting about how wonderful he was to all her friends" antonyms: deprecate, belittle
(of a person, place, or thing) possess (a feature that is a source of pride). "the hotel boasts high standards of comfort"
noun: boast; plural noun: boasts
an act of talking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction.
"I said I would win and it wasn't an idle boast"
Not really seeing anything talking about lies.
Anything about bragging or boasting that involves lies?