take (something) with a grain of salt

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take (something) with a grain of salt

To consider or evaluate something, such as a statement, with the understanding 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 grain of salt. Take whatever that paper publishes with a grain of salt—it's really a tabloid.
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This is unprecedented in this informal survey, but should be taken with a grain of salt, because of the number of non-respondents.
Canyon 39, Highland 33: Considering that the Highland sidelines looked more like the waiting room of an infirmary than a high school football team, the Bulldogs 39-33 loss to Canyon on Friday night should be taken with a grain of salt.
But manager Tony La Russa advised that this bold claim be taken with a grain of salt, since Stottlemyre ``is always the first Marine on the beach.