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take (something) with a pinch of salt

To consider or evaluate something, such as a statement, while keeping in mind that it may not be completely true or accurate, typically due to the unreliability of the source. 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 pinch of salt. Take whatever that paper publishes with a pinch of salt—it's really a tabloid.
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take something with a pinch of salt

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Fig. to listen to a story or an explanation with considerable doubt. You must take anything she says with a grain of salt. She doesn't always tell the truth. They took my explanation with a pinch of salt. I was sure they didn't believe me.
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[USPRwire, Tue Feb 16 2016] Improvements in broadband coverage and speedare vital to the future of the telecoms industry in Sri Lanka, and there is pressure on SLT to complete its fibre-optic network on time by end 2016.In 2013, SLT secured a 10-year licence from the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) to operate Sri Lanka's national National Backbone Network (NBN) which is to drive the SMART revolution within the countryThe company has already lain over 20.000km of fibre network and the roll-out is ongoing.