take with a pinch of salt
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Related to take with a pinch of salt: take with a grain of salt
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 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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