take sth with a grain of salt
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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ wɪð ɐ ɡɹˈeɪn ɒv sˈɒlt/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ wɪð ɐ ɡɹˈeɪn ʌv sˈɑːlt/
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to only accept a part of something or not take it seriously at all

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to [take] {sth} with a grain of salt definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take something with a grain of salt" and when to use it?

The idiom "take something with a grain of salt" has its origins in ancient Roman and Greek traditions. The phrase was first recorded by the Roman author Pliny the Elder in his work "Naturalis Historia" and is derived from the Latin expression "cum grano salis." It suggests approaching information or claims with skepticism and not believing everything at face value.

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When reading online reviews, it's essential to take them with a grain of salt, as some may not be genuine.
When a rumor spreads, it's a good idea to take it with a grain of salt until you can verify the information.
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