with a grain of salt

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with a grain of salt

Also, with a pinch of salt. Skeptically, with reservations. For example, I always take Sandy's stories about illnesses with a grain of salt-she tends to exaggerate. This expression is a translation of the Latin cum grano salis, which Pliny used in describing Pompey's discovery of an antidote for poison (to be taken with a grain of salt). It was soon adopted by English writers.
See also: grain, of, salt

with a grain of salt

With reservations; skeptically: Take that advice with a grain of salt.
See also: grain, of, salt
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Whisk the eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and At the weekend I love to make something special, like my healthy pancake recipe.
In a pan, gently warm the cream with a pinch of salt (this helps the chocolate flavour), and when it's just about to boil, remove from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk until completely smooth.
In a small pan saut the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper and a little butter, add broad beans and warm through.
Brush entire skewer lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Whisk eggs with an electric mixer together with a pinch of salt, until mixture triples in volume, about 6 minutes.