One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An account that is fanciful and difficult to believe.‘he would regale me with some of his tall stories’
unlikely, improbable, exaggerated, far-fetched, implausible, dubious, overblown, unbelievable, incredible, preposterous, outrageous, absurdView synonyms
- ‘I can't find any info, is this just a tall tale or is it true?’
- ‘We argued whether Grandpa Cody's stories about him being a knight back in the old days was true or was a tall tale.’
- ‘When it comes to flamethrowers, after all, it's hard to figure out what's the truth and what's a tall tale.’
- ‘That's a tall tale - with no foundation in reality!’
- ‘O'Reilly claimed his story was a compilation of tall tales told by real cowboys, but this seems itself a tall tale: oral historians are unconvinced that Pecos Bill is anything but a media creation.’
- ‘The old sailors, diggers and airmen treated the younger generation to a few yarns and perhaps a tall tale or two, with their mates alongside recalling the same events as if they were yesterday.’
- ‘He could make you hear his sly smile, he could make you cry at a sad story, he could make you believe a tall tale.’
- ‘It may sound like a tall tale but a Keighley museum has come to the rescue after an Isle of Man exhibition was unable to find any stuffed Manx cats to display - despite the cats originating on the island several hundred years ago.’
- ‘Throughout the film, the commodore repeats a tall tale about his exploits as an Indian fighter.’
- ‘The story, with the structure of a tall tale and the scenery of historical horror, does not give a moral or a resolution.’
- ‘Assuming this is a tall tale made up to lend an air of mystery to an otherwise innocuous eBay sale it is still a clever bit of advertising.’
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