cock-and-bull story love

cock-and-bull story

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An absurd or highly improbable tale passed off as being true.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A far-fetched and fanciful story or tale of highly dubious validity

Etymologies

Unknown - see discussion page (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "And don't give me that cock-and-bull story about having fallen in love with Miss Danford, Freddie," he said.

    Dancing with Clara

  • How he'd react to that discovery in light of the cock-and-bull story I'd spun to him and Admiral Garvie in the Holy Loch I couldn't even begin to guess.

    Ice Station Zebra

  • He had always laughed at what he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon himself.

    Sole Music

  • Next day their comrades waur fed a cock-and-bull story like the ane ye got, laddie, aboot special assignments in the ootlands, and syne, they’re scattered far and wide on errands which hae no purpose save to scatter them.

    Hokas Pokas

  • Her very blood tingled when she thought of the success of some of them, – how Hensel and Grettel had heated an oven red-hot, and persuaded the old witch to get into it by some cock-and-bull story of what she would find there; and how, the minute she got in, they shut up the oven door, and burnt her all up!

    Oldtown Folks

  • Next day their comrades waur fed a cock-and-bull story like the ane ye got, laddie, aboot special assignments in the ootlands, and syne, they're scattered far and wide on errands which hae no purpose save to scatter them.

    Hokas Pokas

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.