with a pinch of salt

with a pinch 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. Kevin said that you can get into the club for free if you wear red, but I always take what he says with a pinch of salt. Read whatever that paper publishes with a pinch of salt—it's really just a trashy tabloid.
See also: of, pinch, salt
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with a grain/pinch of salt, (to take)

Not to be believed entirely; to be viewed with skepticism. This term comes from the Latin cum grano salis, which appeared in Pliny’s account of Pompey’s discovery of an antidote against poison that was to be taken with a grain of salt added (Naturalis Historia, ca. a.d. 77). The term was quickly adopted by English writers, among them John Trapp, whose Commentary on Revelations (1647) stated, “This is to be taken with a grain of salt.”
See also: grain, of, pinch
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In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they hold soft peaks; stir one fourth of the whites into the egg yolks, then fold the remaining whites into the yolks gently, just until they are incorporated.
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In a pan, gently warm the cream with a pinch of salt (this helps the chocolate flavour), and when it's just about to boil, remove from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk until completely smooth.
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Serves 4 Handful fresh coriander, chopped 1 red onion, finely sliced ' tsp curry powder 150g milk 75g single cream 1 tomato, diced 1 tsp garlic, minced 100g grated cheddar cheese 2 medium eggs 150g plain flour 75g salted butter, cubed Salt and pepper to taste Method To make the pastry, sift the flour with a pinch of salt in a large bowl.