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with a grain of salt

With reservations or the understanding that some rumor or piece of information may not be completely true or accurate. Possibly a reference to an ancient Roman antidote to poison that included or consisted of a grain of salt. I heard that you can get a free movie ticket if you wear red, but Kevin told me that, so I'm going to take it with a grain of salt. Read whatever that paper publishes with a grain of salt—it's really just a trashy tabloid.
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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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That's why we always take information with a grain of salt.)
As the situation hots up for Netanyahu, taking his statements with usual grain of salt is simply not enough.
Tucker, who still has nothing but love and respect for Westwood, takes the punk icon's criticism with a grain of salt: "If it was anyone else I'd be upset, but with her, I'll take it." (VivienneWestwoodFilm.com)
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But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things." While anything said on those craftily edited reality TV shows should be taken with a grain of salt, one wonders how Pence might answer if asked whether or not this were true.
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"Ever since the blockade of Qatar started, fake news and propaganda have become rampant on social media so we have to be very careful about what we read and take everything with a grain of salt," he added.
NCPERS has long argued that underfunding levels are calculated using highly politicized processes in many states and should be taken with a grain of salt.
News rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. Critics call the rankings too simplistic and say students and school administrators pay too much attention to them.
And you can take the support given him by Guv Sununu, who whitewashed FE's planned presence with a very hefty grain of salt. "Showing up to an event is showing up to an event," the guv said.
That's higher than usual, but should be taken with a grain of salt, as EPS is running about 8% lower than the same quarter last year.
According to Huffington Post's US website, Fiorina said that "I take the Iranian condemnation with a huge grain of salt. This is a regime that tortures citizens routinely, that thinks nothing of executions, that still holds four Americans in jail."
A study published in November in Science Advances finds that we might have to take our assumptions about the mineral deposits with a grain of salt. But let's start back at the beginning, with why dry-packing nuclear waste in salt became our go-to nuclear storage solution.