to take with a grain of salt

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a grain of salt

"to take with a grain of salt"

to believe that something is not completely true or correct


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a grain of salt

Three colleagues are talking ...

Ralph:  It's all over. We're all going to lose our jobs as a result of this corporate takeover.

Colleague 2:  Now I'm worried.  Should I be looking for another job?

Colleague 3:  Relax.  You should always take what Ralph says with a grain of salt.

Colleague 2:  You mean that Ralph doesn't really know what will happen?

Colleague 3:  Exactly.  There may be some changes but not necessarily as drastic as Ralph describes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a grain of salt

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Do you really believe that John was mugged?

Friend 2:  I believe that he got into some sort of trouble.

Friend 1:  But you think we should take what he says with a grain of salt?

Friend 2:  John does tend to exaggerate and make up stories.

to take with a grain of salt - Usage:


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to take with a grain of salt - Gerund Form:

Taking his statement of denial with a grain of salt, she continued the investigation.

to take with a grain of salt - Examples:

1)  It is a good lesson for us all to take everything we read with a grain of salt, and not jump to conclusions being that we weren't there.

2)  Flurry's data is usually pretty misleading, and you should take it with a grain of salt, at least until you try to to really understand what they're ...

3)  ... types of promises. You've got to take everything these knuckleheads say with a grain of salt. They're not in it for us, ...

4)  When you say something sucks I tend to take it with a grain of salt, but when you say something is really good I always check it ...

5)  Knowing that self-reported answers must always be taken with a grain of salt, there are still some interesting findings in this survey.

6)  PLEASE take what you read with a grain of salt. Use your common sense and consult your doctor ...

7)  As with other estimates, this advice should be taken with a grain of salt, as each student's needs and abilities vary.

8)  Maybe people should take these shows and the news on politics with a grain of salt and actually think for yourselves.

9)  Again, it's an unsubstantiated claim, so take that with a grain of salt.

10)  ... associated with the??? conditional, you have to take it with a grain of salt here because people are inherently lazy.

11)  ... which is why I take our poverty numbers with a very large grain of salt. The "poor" in America typically have two vehicles, multiple ...

12)  Please take these results with a grain of salt as they are skewed by several factors, especially towards the more popular ...

13)  I am treating this as a level-one "grain of salt" rumor, except that one of the most recent trailers that came ...

14)  ... the lunatic fringe. Take anything claimed about or by this man with a huge grain of salt.

15)  Let's just say I am taking it with a very very large grain of salt and have more then a few doubts about the total accuracy of the ...

16)  Take every single thing I say here with a grain of salt. I'm speaking from zero experience and with almost no insight into ...

17)  I generally take most media with a large grain of salt esp. things like Huff and Puff and Fox news.

18)  Anyways it seems that guide should be taken with a grain of salt. Given the unfortunate extent of the errors and omissions, ...

19)  ... will blow his own horn and that self-reported achievements must be taken with a grain of salt

20)  I'm taking his article with a grain of salt because it seemed to be specifically crafted to promote more drama.