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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.
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with a grain of salt

With reservations; skeptically: Take that advice with a grain of salt.
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With slat armor, the ramp's load capacity is 1,000 pounds and the door's load capacity is 500 pounds.
The characteristic plate height H is, therefore, equal to the slat spacing (H = s), and the Rayleigh number [Ra.
An increasingly popular hybrid is one that combines the gauzy translucence of a shade with the adjustable slats of a blind.
PS 1QO said the fix for the additional weight from the slat armor was Co have your Fox field rep accuse the gas cylinder that controls Che upper rear door.
As a proactive safety measure, Alaska Airlines initiated inspections of its next-generation 737 wing slat assemblies Aug.
Robustly engineered for reliability and long life, Isoma's miniature slat conveyor is available with wide fitting, apex roof dust covers or a fully enclosed clean air system.
To complicate matters, the slats again refused to retract as we cleaned-up in the landing area, leaving us stiff-wing and in the way.
The next generation of expander rollers eliminated the wooden or metal slats with more substantial elastic cords; however, they are still attached to pitched end plates (Fig.
The fix is to have your Fox field service rep adjust the gas cylinder that controls the upper rear door to handle the additional weight of the slat armor.
The FAA called for the inspections on 28 August after a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft was destroyed in Japan by fire, which is thought to have been started by a loose part in a wing slat rupturing a fuel tank.
The result is a veneer slat which is consistent in accuracy along its entire length and has a surface finish quality that requires no further processing prior to glue-up.
Astec spiral conveyors represent a new concept in vertical conveying, based on a low friction chain slat arrangement and utilising high quality components.
Where the sides are left unpainted, they throw only a scant color reflection, which amplifies the sharp distinct ion between slat and backdrop; rather than contribute to the overall effect, the stripes of uninflected wall--stark white to shadowed gray, depending on the lighting--serve as sudden interruptions.
The three narrow-slat sides faced inside, and the center slat provided support for a bench.
He attached each precut spacer to the adjacent vertical slat with galvanized 1 1/4-inch (3d) nails.