To take with a pinch of salt

to take with a pinch of salt meaning

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This is the exact opposite of the previous expression, which hopefully doesn’t make it any less interesting.

If I were you, I’d take your teacher’s advice with a pinch of salt.’

This means, quite simply, to doubt the truth of something, to not take it at face value.

More examples, should you need them:

– We should treat these figures with a substantial pinch of salt (The Guardian).

– Working as I do in controlled, rigorous research, the constant flow of reports I see presenting new prevention methods, is something I take with a pinch of salt (The Guardian).

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One thought on “To take with a pinch of salt

  1. I prefer “with a mountain of salt”, as it sounds so much more sarcastic 🙂

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