[The media] has said a million things about me and my family, and sometimes you have to take things with a grain of salt.
But some took this advice with a grain of salt, since Pakistan could be deflecting from its recent battered image.
Stalin, now one of the top men in the party, was sent there by Lenin to ensure that grain was getting shipped to Moscow.
That version of events sounds plausible enough, but perhaps we should take them with a grain of salt.
The very concept of arming oneself was odious to him—it cut against the grain of his Gandhian principles.
grain will be in demand in this kingdom, and in the south of Europe.
Sensations give the grain to the wood, the depth and dignity to the picture.
Around Paris there is a short supply of grain, or it is spoilt1105.
The grain Aphis, in certain years, desolates our wheat fields.
It should take 10 ounces in each pan, and show 1/20 of a grain.
early 13c., "scarlet dye made from insects" (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French grain (12c.) "seed, grain, particle, berry, scarlet dye" (see kermes for last sense), from Latin granum "seed, a grain, small kernel" (see corn (n.1)).
As a collective singular meaning "seed of wheat and allied grasses used as food," it is attested from early 14c. Extended from c.1300 to other objects (e.g. salt, sand). As a unit of weight, from 1540s. Used of wood (1560s), from the arrangement of fibers, which resemble seeds. Hence, against the grain (1650), a metaphor from carpentry: cutting across the fibers of the wood is more difficult than cutting along them.
A small, dry, one-seeded fruit of a cereal grass, having the fruit and the seed walls united.
The fruits of cereal grasses especially after having been harvested, considered as a group.
A relatively small discrete particulate or crystalline mass.
Abbr. gr. A unit of weight in the U.S. Customary System, an avoirdupois unit equal to 0.002286 ounce (0.065 gram).