tall tale

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tall tale

A greatly exaggerated or particularly imaginative story or account of something, such that it is difficult to believe. My uncle has always been fond of telling tall tales about his time overseas. I used to believe him when I was a kid, but now I've learned to just laugh along.
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tall tale

A fanciful or greatly exaggerated story, as in Some youngsters love tall tales about creatures from outer space coming to earth. This idiom uses tall in the sense of "exaggerated." [Mid-1800s]
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a tall tale


a tall story

COMMON A tall tale or a tall story is a very exciting or extreme event that someone tells you about but that you think is probably not true. He was very convincing, and some of his college chums believed his tall tales. `She told my guests a tall story about our relationship,' he said. `She claimed we'd been in love three years.' Note: `Tall' used to be used to describe language that was considered extremely formal or exaggerated.
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Now that children are thoroughly familiar with tall tales and how to develop a fictional character, they will create their own original tall tale by "spinning a yarn as tall as me.
They contained a mixture of frontier news, weather reports, and tall tales about Davy Crockett.
Lies are nothing new, but few people are good liars, suggests Kasper as an introduction to The Tall Tale , with bad liars always caught because they have a bad memory.
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Tall Tale passed the post in fourth but was disqualified.
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Or in the raucous "Slim in Atlanta," in which Brown skillfully uses the techniques of the tall tale, the peripatetic Slim satirizes racial proscription and laughs the reader into understanding the ridiculousness of such practices: "Down in Atlanta, / De whitefolks got laws / For to keep all de niggers / From laughin' outdoors" (Collected Poems 81).
An objective accounting will note that Rivlin's brave protests had zero impact on either the president's health-care debacle or on The Tall Tale he told regarding the federal deficit.
Poetic license is granted without request for sheer enjoyment of this delightful tall tale of impossibilities.
Inconsequential perhaps, but no doubt aspects of the tall tale may well amuse the emerging young reader.
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Suspend all willingness to disbelieve and accept that this is a very tall tale.