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.
- 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.
When your grandma tells stories about the past, you should take what she says with a grain of salt because