cock-and-bull story

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cock-and-bull story (plural cock-and-bull stories)

  1. (idiomatic) A far-fetched and fanciful story or tale of highly dubious validity.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 13:
      The grinning landlord, as well as the boarders, seemed amazingly tickled at the sudden friendship which had sprung up between me and Queequeg—especially as Peter Coffin’s cock and bull stories about him had previously so much alarmed me concerning the very person whom I now companied with.


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