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cum grano salis

/kʊm ˈɡrɑːnəʊ ˈsɑːlɪs/
with a grain of salt; not too literally
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  • What is the derivation of cum grano salis as a hint of caution?

  • The driver of the 'bus talked of monsters of eight pounds having been taken near Burford, but we took this cum grano salis.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • It was unimportant whether it was taken "cum grano salis" or without, so the void was filled.

    Under the Stars and Bars Walter A. Clark
  • These letters must be read, cum grano salis, on account of the stoical philosophy of the writer.

    Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2) A Sexton of the Old School
  • But a person who has lived a great part of his life in Canada will take all this cum grano salis.

    Canada and the Canadians, Vol. 2 Richard Henry Bonnycastle
  • But I give his opinion, as he gave it to us; and the reader must take it cum grano salis—as much or little as he chooses.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • Many of the stories which I have introduced must of course be received by the impartial or incredulous reader "cum grano salis."

    A Peep into Toorkisthhan Rollo Burslem
  • In the same way an extravagant statement, when taken with a slight qualification (cum grano salis) will be tolerated by the mind.

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