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: a cock-and-bull story : yarn, fable
a Canterbury tale of a leg and an eye and heaven knows what— George Colman †1794
: a long tedious tale
it grows into a long Canterbury tale of two hours— Richard Steele
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from The Canterbury Tales, literary work by Geoffrey Chaucer †1400 English poet, consisting mostly of narrative poems which he puts into the mouths of persons on a pilgrimage to Canterbury
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