cock-and-bull story


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cock-and-bull story

A wildly exaggerated or falsified story or explanation. When I questioned Wendy about her recent tardiness, she gave me some cock-and-bull story about how her train took the wrong track and she had to hitchhike to work from the station across town.
See also: story

cock-and-bull story

a hard-to-believe, made-up story; a story that is a lie. Don't give me that cock-and-bull story. I asked for an explanation, and all I got was your ridiculous cock-and-bull story!
See also: story
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Speaking as a former teacher of history, if a first-year student of mine had presented me with a cock-and-bull story like this, I'd give them an F for accuracy, but an A+ for invention and creativity.
When this Moses, fleeing for his life after killing an Egyptian, arrives at the well where the daughters of the priest of Midian are being tormented by shepherds, he frightens the men off not by threatening them but by concocting a cock-and-bull story more suitable to Woody Allen than Heston or Lancaster.
Try to contain your surprise then, when instead of a receipt, Val returns with a black eye and a cock-and-bull story about a gang of youths in hoodies.