Definition of take something with a grain (or pinch) of salt in US English:

take something with a grain (or pinch) of salt


  • Regard something as exaggerated; believe only part of something.

    ‘take a stock tip with a grain of salt’
    • ‘The next time someone says one bullet is vastly superior to another in regards to wind deflection, take their advice with a grain of salt and check for yourself.’
    • ‘Since I had no recourse to take this route, I took the stories with a pinch of salt and never checked them out.’
    • ‘That is the thing about overall stats like this, you have to take them with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘Many personnel believe that no matter what they have to say, it will be taken with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘I took the knocking with a pinch of salt even though in many cases the awful truth, which can hurt, is revealed for all the world to see.’
    • ‘I'm on the other side of the fence, and I've been critical of some of you lately, so I'll understand if you take my advice with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘For the moment I am taking this report with a grain of salt, since previous sightings of Iranian infiltrators have often been proven inaccurate later on.’
    • ‘Labour could have done this when they were office. We should take their comments with a pinch of salt.’
    • ‘An AIB spokesman rejected the claim it was ripping off customers and said it took the report with a pinch of salt as it did not believe true like-for-like comparisons were made.’
    • ‘Not that I know what the proper remedy is, other than to teach students to be more aware and science-literate by the time they finish high school, so can they take simple headlines with a grain of salt.’
    disbelieve, not believe, not credit, give no credence to, discredit, discount, doubt, distrust, mistrust, be suspicious of, have no confidence in, have no faith in, be incredulous of, be unconvinced about
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