tall tale/story

noun

: a story that is very difficult to believe : a greatly exaggerated story

Examples of tall tale/story in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other news: Opinion: The passing of Johnny Boone marked the end of a a Kentucky tall tale, columnist Joe Gerth writes. Keisha Rowe, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2024 Though Pichai said Google at one point had considered hiring Watson and investing $25 million in Ozy, Pichai’s testimony made clear that any talk of a big-deal-buyout was just a tall tale. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 18 June 2024 For most people, though, finding a 2-foot-long amphibian in the eastern United States might sound like a tall tale. Lily Carey, Discover Magazine, 13 June 2024 Benedict Cumberbatch and Ben Kingsley prove to be excellent additions to the Wes Anderson repertory players, and at 40 minutes, this tall tale manages to screwball its way through stories of comedy, intrigue, and ultimately sadness. Joe Reid, Vulture, 9 Mar. 2024 While broadly based in reality, the entire movie is a put-on, a wackazoid tall tale, a comedy that uses the breakfast wars as the jumping-off point for a high-camp exercise in nostalgic lunacy. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 May 2024 The Fancy’s tall tale claimed the crew needed permission to take on provisions before going straight. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 The fraud artist will spin a tall tale of how these investments are extremely secret, regularly used by the super-rich, and the fraud artist has somehow been able to make connections with the bankers who can provide these instruments. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 As per usual, Biden made it all about himself and yet another tall tale about his own personal connection to that bridge which didn't exist. Fox News, 27 Mar. 2024

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