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take with a grain of salt | take with a pinch of salt

Meaning: If you take what someone says with a grain of salt, or with a pinch of salt, you have doubts about the truth or accuracy of what they say.

For example:

  • Uncle Bill tells some great stories, but we take what he says with a grain of salt because he sometimes exaggerates or makes things up.

  • Sue says the internet is great, but she takes a lot of the information there with a pinch of salt until she sees the same information on a few different websites.

Note: "Take it with a grain of salt" is more common in American and Australian English, while "take it with a pinch of salt" is more common in British English.

Quick Quiz:

When your grandma tells stories about the past, you should take what she says with a grain of salt because
  1. she tells really funny stories
  2. she doesn't always speak very clearly
  3. she doesn't always remember things accurately

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