take with a pinch of salt


1. doubt the truth or value of something, be hesitant in believing something






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take what he/she says with a pinch of salt

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If someone advises you to 'take (something) with a pinch of salt', they are telling you not to rush to believe whatever you have been told. This is often said when a person regularly lies or makes things up that are not true, but it can also be used when talking about the promises of politicians and institutions that people generally do not trust: "The government might promise a lot of things to get elected, but you should take their promises with a pinch of salt."

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  1. I would take anything you read in that newspaper with a pinch of salt. They are known to exaggerate their stories.
  2. Sarah has a habit of exaggerating, I'd take anything she tells you with a pinch of salt.

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  1. Talk of an impending takeover should be taken with a pinch of salt. It's just a tactic being used to drive up the share price.
  2. The client seemed to be taking Andy's advice with a pinch of salt. She clearly didn't think too highly of him.

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