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A Phrase A Week: To take something with a grain of salt

Meaning

To consider something to be not completely true or right. If you take what someone says with a pinch of salt, you do not completely believe it.

Origin

The idea comes from the fact that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt.

One of the reasons salt has historically been so important to humanity is its ability to preserve food and to hide the taste of rot. Hence the expression, “take it with a grain of salt” when someone tells you something that might not be accurate.

 Examples

1.      They took my explanation with a pinch of salt. I was sure they didn’t believe me.

2.      You have to take everything she says with a pinch of salt. She has a tendency to exaggerate.

3.      It’s interesting to read the reports in the newspapers, but I tend to take them with a grain of salt.

 

October 25th, 2011 Posted by adah at 02:44pm | Fun English Phrases | no comments

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