grain of salt
Date: 1647 a skeptical attitude

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • grain of salt — If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn t necessarily believe it all. ( pinch of salt is an alternative) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Grain of salt — (With) a grain of salt, in modern English, is an idiom which means to view something with skepticism, or to not take it literally.[1] It derives from the Latin phrase, (cum) grano salis. Since in Italy to have salt in your pumpkin (avere sale in… …   Wikipedia

  • grain of salt —    If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn t necessarily believe it all. ( pinch of salt is an alternative)    If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn t accept it as true without looking more… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • grain of salt — noun A bit of common sense and skepticism. Generally used in some form of to take with a grain of salt. Id take anything I read in that paper with a grain of salt …   Wiktionary

  • grain of salt — See take it with a grain of salt …   English idioms

  • grain of salt (with a) —  Less than certitude.  ► “Part of the problem: too rosy projections. Market studies must be taken ‘with a grain of salt,’ says Mr. Caden.” (Wall Street Journal, April 18, 1996, p. A1) …   American business jargon

  • take with a grain of salt — • take (smth) with a grain of salt • take (smth) with a pinch of salt (smth) not take seriously something someone has said You can take everything that he says with a grain of salt. Digest 16/2002 (smth) to be skeptical or cautious about… …   Idioms and examples

  • And Take It with a Grain of Salt — Infobox Album | Name = ...And Take It with a Grain of Salt Type = Album Artist = An Angle Released = November 9 2004 Recorded = The Hangar (Sacramento, California) in 2002 Genre = Indie rock, folk rock Length = 53:23 Label = Drive Thru Producer …   Wikipedia

  • take\ smth\ with\ a\ grain\ of\ salt — • take (smth) with a grain of salt • take (smth) with a pinch of salt v. phr. To accept or believe only in part; not accept too much. A man who says he is not a candidate for President should usually have his statement taken with a grain of salt …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take\ with\ a\ grain\ of\ salt — • take (smth) with a grain of salt • take (smth) with a pinch of salt v. phr. To accept or believe only in part; not accept too much. A man who says he is not a candidate for President should usually have his statement taken with a grain of salt …   Словарь американских идиом

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