Definition of cock and bull story in English:

cock and bull story


  • An implausible story used as an explanation or excuse.

    ‘nobody believes this cock and bull story about the sacking incident’
    • ‘These people are generally university lecturers who have to come up with some cock and bull story or they don't get any more funding.’
    • ‘He also made remarks to cock and bull stories which the authorities are told by people.’
    • ‘He told me some cock and bull story about holding Death hostage in his house and if he releases him he will be taken to Hell!’
    • ‘The court failed to apply its mind and blindly accepted these repeated cock and bull stories to be true.’
    • ‘But no, you feed me some cock and bull story about having to meet my real family.’
    • ‘Still the media rumour mill is busy overtime churning out cock and bull stories.’
    • ‘Further, for some reason, I dismissed this as another cock and bull story.’
    • ‘I spoke with him yesterday and he was clearly upset by the cock and bull story somebody ran with on a local radio station.’
    • ‘It sounds like a cock and bull story, but he got into farming rare breeds through an interest in old furniture.’
    • ‘Indeed, any of them who were informed would have been told the same cock and bull story that we were told at the briefing we had earlier today.’
    • ‘He refused to oblige me by saying some cock and bull stories about it not being viable to cut out a midsection.’
    • ‘He failed, of course, but we managed to concoct some cock and bull story about Scotland's financial sector being in good heart.’
    • ‘If you knew I was coming long enough to cook up this cock and bull story, why didn't you just confront me?’
    • ‘If all else fails, you just muddy the waters with some cock and bull story that you know the party faithful will swallow.’
    • ‘It's one of Carla's fans with some cock and bull story.’
    • ‘That was really some cock and bull story you just said.’
    • ‘She was glad she did not have to listen to his cock and bull stories anymore.’
    • ‘He even went so far as to blame the intelligence agencies for actually believing the cock and bull stories his people fed them.’
    fairy story, fairy tale, made-up story, trumped-up story, fake news, fabrication, concoction, piece of fiction, fiction, falsification, falsity, lie, untruth, falsehood, fib, deception, barefaced lie
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cock and bull story