take (something) with a grain/pinch of salt

idiom

Definition of take (something) with a grain/pinch of salt

informal
: to not completely believe (something) : to be doubtful about the truth or accuracy of (something)
  • He seems confident, but you should take what he says with a grain of salt.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

grain play
  1. : a single small hard seed

  2. : a seed or fruit of a cereal grass : caryopsis

  3. : the seeds or fruits of various food plants including the cereal grasses and in commercial and statutory usage other plants (such as the soybean)

  1. : ingrain

  2. : to form into grains : granulate

  3. : to paint in imitation of the grain of wood or stone

pinch play
  1. : to squeeze between the finger and thumb or between the jaws of an instrument

  2. : to prune the tip of (a plant or shoot) usually to induce branching

  3. : to squeeze or compress painfully

  1. : a critical juncture : emergency

  2. : pressure, stress

  3. : hardship, privation

  1. : substitute

  2. : hit by a pinch hitter

salt play
  1. : a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry —called also common salt

  2. : a substance (such as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt

  3. : a mineral or saline mixture (such as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic

  1. : to treat, provide, or season with common salt

  2. : to preserve (food) with salt or in brine

  3. : to supply (an animal) with salt

  1. : saline, salty

  2. : being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet

  3. : cured or seasoned with salt : salted

  1. : lustful, lascivious


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