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1‘the temptation to add more salt to food should be resisted’
table salt, sea salt, marine salt, rock salt
2‘he described danger as the salt of pleasure’
zest, spice, spiciness, sharpness, raciness, saltiness
flavour, piquancy, pungency, tang, bite, edge
liveliness, vigour, vitality, spirit, colour, sparkle
informal zing, zip, punch, pizzazz
3‘the bay was angry, as old salts would say’
salty, salted, saline, briny, brackish
‘you have to take what she says with a pinch of salt’
with reservations, with misgivings, with a grain of salt, sceptically, cynically, mistrustfully, doubtfully, doubtingly, suspiciously, disbelievingly, questioningly, quizzically, incredulously
credulously, as gospel
‘she had salted money away in Brazil’
save, put aside, put away, put by, lay by, set aside, lay aside, put to one side, reserve, keep in reserve, deposit, keep, store, stockpile, hoard, stow away, cache
squirrel away, stash away
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