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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.”

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Related Words for grain of salt

restriction, 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

  • Grain-of-Salt would not give one sou over fifteen francs for the wagon.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

  • From his expression it was evident that Grain-of-Salt had no faith in the Government.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

  • "You'll see if he isn't cunning," said Grain-of-Salt, holding out his full glass.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

  • But Grain-of-Salt would not consent to do this; he declared that the distance was too far for him.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

  • If she had been able to endure the odor in Grain-of-Salt's shack, she would probably be able to bear it here.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot