take with a pinch of salt(redirected from take with a grain of salt)
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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. Kevin said that you can get into the club for free if you wear red, but I'm taking 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 saltand take something with a grain of slt
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- take (something) with a pinch of salt
- take something with a pinch of salt
- take (something) with a grain of salt
- take what (one) says with a pinch of salt
- a grain of salt
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- that's my story and I'm sticking to it
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