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thereby hangs a tale

That detail or incident reminds one of another story, as in So he went without supper, but thereby hangs a tale. This expression, embodying the pun on tail and tale, was used by Shakespeare in at least four of his plays and presumably was well known before that. [1500s]

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Nearby words

thereabout, thereabouts, thereafter, thereat, thereby, thereby hangs a tale, therefor, therefore, therefrom, therein, thereinafter
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