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thereby hangs a tale

humorous
said to someone when what they have asked about involves a long explanation: "Why are you limping?" "Ah, thereby hangs a tale."
(Definition of thereby hangs a tale from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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