tall tale/story


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

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Recent Examples on the Web Plus, the tall tale of a four-footed police chase in Missouri. CNN, 21 Sep. 2023 His friends never realized the deception, enthralled by his ability to weave a tall tale. Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2023 It’s often labeled a tall tale given Ventoux’s 6,273-foot summit, but is still an inspiring story about the risks and rewards of challenging your body in the great outdoors. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 In the tall tale the authors tell, Palestinians make little more than cameo appearances, bearing responsibility for neither their decisions nor their fates. Michael Oren, Foreign Affairs, 31 May 2023 When Matthias is in danger of being killed by other Grisha, Nina makes up a tall tale that gets Matthias arrested (and safely whisked away from the murderous Grisha) and sent to Ketterdam. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023 This isn’t some old-timer’s tall tale: Lori Ford has been walking two miles down a dirt road, with snow past her knees, just to get to work this month. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2023 For many American viewers, their story will come across as an exuberant anti-colonialist tall tale. Simon Abrams, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2023 And unlike Daisuke Matsuzaka’s gyroball, which proved to be a tall tale, or perhaps just a slider, Senga’s forkball, according to some of the people who have seen it, is a devastating weapon that delivers on the hype. Gary Phillips, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 See More

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“Tall tale/story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall%20tale%2Fstory. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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