Meaning of “cock-and-bull story” in the English Dictionary

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"cock-and-bull story" in British English

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cock-and-bull storynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒk.ən.bʊl ˈstɔː.ri/ us /ˌkɑːk.ən.bʊl ˈstɔːr.i/ informal disapproving

a story that is obviously not true, especially one given as an excuse:

He gave me some cock-and-bull story about having to be at his cousin's engagement party.

(Definition of “cock-and-bull story” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)