a cock and bull story


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a cock and bull story

If you describe an explanation or excuse as a cock and bull story, you mean that you do not believe it. They'll be believed, no matter what kind of a cock and bull story they tell. She tried to feed me some cock-and-bull story about taking care of you. Note: This expression may come from old fables in which animals such as cocks and bulls could talk. Alternatively, it may come from the names of inns, such as `The Cock' and `The Bull', where people gathered and told each other stories and jokes.
See also: and, bull, cock, story

a ˌcock and ˈbull story

(informal) a story, an excuse or an explanation that is so unlikely that no one believes it: I asked him about his job and he gave me some cock and bull story about being so rich he didn’t need to work.
See also: and, bull, cock, story