thereby hangs a tale

thereby hangs a tale

there is an interesting story connected with this matter. Yes, she comes in late most mornings, and thereby hangs a tale. She has a drinking problem.
See also: hang, tale, thereby

thereby hangs a tale

That detail or incident reminds one of another story, as in So he went without supper, but thereby hangs a tale. This expression, embodying the pun on tail and tale, was used by Shakespeare in at least four of his plays and presumably was well known before that. [1500s]
See also: hang, tale, thereby
References in periodicals archive ?
And thereby hangs a tale told by Israel's leading crime writer, who is a practicing attorney.
99) 8 And Thereby Hangs A Tale by Jeffrey Archer (Macmillan, pounds 7.
Idioms browser ?