thereby hangs a tale

idiom

Definition of thereby hangs a tale

used to suggest that there is a story about something that has just been mentioned
  • I realized where I had seen him before—and thereby hangs a tale.

Word by Word Definitions

thereby play
  1. : by that : by that means

  2. : connected with or with reference to that

hang play hangs
  1. : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend

  2. : to suspend by the neck until dead

  3. : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension

tale play
  1. : a usually imaginative narrative of an event : story

  2. : an intentionally untrue report : falsehood

  3. : a series of events or facts told or presented : account


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