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Meaning of “take sth with a pinch of salt” in the English Dictionary

"take sth with a pinch of salt" in British English

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take sth with a pinch of salt

UK (US take sth with a grain of salt) to not ​completelybelieve 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, because she ​tends to ​exaggerate.
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