When she’s lying to avoid punishment, she may have broken one of the household rules. For instance, she may have damaged something she shouldn’t have been handling. Or maybe she was too rough and she hurt one of her playmates. In any case, she’s concluded that what she did is more serious an offense than lying.
from Caring for Your Young Baby and Child, by a bunch of doctors
She mixed up a little poison powder and arranged the martini glasses just right on the tray. When she approached her bandmate—the bad glass screaming drink me—that silly girl took the wrong one. Her voice coach rushed over and grabbed the bad martini, chugged it like some kind of crazed glutton. When the detectives came to investigate the voice coach’s sudden illness, they asked, “Who made the martinis?” She may have lied.
No one was hurt; not really.