Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take with a pinch of salt

take with a pinch of saltto be taken with a pinch of salt
Meaning(s)
1) doubt the truth or value of something, be hesitant in believing something
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    • take what he/she says with a pinch of salt
  • Analysis
    If someone advices you to 'take (something) with a pinch of salt', they are telling you not to rush to believing whatever you have been told. This is often said when a person regularly lies or makes things up that are not true; but it can also be used when talking about the promises of politicians and institutions that people generally do not trust: "The government might promise a lot of things to get elected, but you should take their promises with a pinch of salt."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I would take anything you read in that newspaper with a pinch of salt. They are known to exaggerate their stories.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Talk of an impending takeover should be taken with a pinch of salt. It's just a tactic being used to drive up the share price.
    2. The client seemed to be taking Andy's advice with a pinch of salt. She clearly didn't think too highly of him.
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