grain of salt
To “take something with a grain of salt” is to view a statement with a skeptical attitude. “She took the claim that he didn't want to be president with a grain of salt.”
Related Words for grain of saltrestriction, skepticism, doubt, control, constraint, restraint, stricture, rule, stipulation, regulation, curb, check, condition, proviso, terms, string, demur, kicker, qualification, circumscription
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Historical Examples of grain of salt
From his expression it was evident that Grain-of-Salt had no faith in the Government.
"You'll see if he isn't cunning," said Grain-of-Salt, holding out his full glass.
Grain-of-Salt would not give one sou over fifteen francs for the wagon.
But Grain-of-Salt would not consent to do this; he declared that the distance was too far for him.
If she had been able to endure the odor in Grain-of-Salt's shack, she would probably be able to bear it here.