a tall story

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a tall story/tale

a story or a statement that is difficult to believe because it is too exciting or interesting He told me a tall story about having met some top models in a nightclub.
See also: story, tall
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Or was Chabon, as Matthew Brogan insists, telling a tall tale and inventing for himself a more colorful and fictitious life, because that's just what fiction writers do?
Davy Crockett Shoots the Falls" is a tall tale, an exaggerated, humorous kind of story that first became popular in the United States in the nineteenth century.
HERE'S A TALL TALE about a tall tale: Walt Disney's body--allegedly suspended in cryogenic slumber--is stashed somewhere on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts.
Anglers love a tall tale, so it's entirely appropriate that Allan Sekula's monumental photo cycle "Fish Story" has been a talking point since its appearance at last summer's Documenta 11.