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  • n. A bit of common sense and skepticism. Generally used in some form of to take with a grain of salt.


From Latin cum grano salis, literally with a grain of salt, figuratively with a bit of common sense. (Wiktionary)


  • [Paulus claims in his "Papers," "Both General Weichs and I drew attention to the very long and inadequately held Don front, and the dangers inherent in the situation," though this assertion should be taken with a grain of salt as there is no confirmation of it from others who attended the conference of 12th September.


  • And, indeed, one's personality dissolved as a grain of salt in the sea; but at the same time the infinite sea seemed to be contained in the grain of salt.


  • The story is related by Remond, surnamed “The Greek,” and must be taken with a grain of salt as Ninon was at that time seventy-nine years of age.

    Ninon de L'Enclos the Celebrated Beauty of the 17th Century


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