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English definition of “take sth with a pinch of salt”

take sth with a pinch of salt

UK (US take sth with a grain of salt)
to not completely believe something that you are told, because you think it is unlikely to be true: You have to take everything she says with a pinch of salt, she does tend to exaggerate.Not believing
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