with a grain of salt

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Etymology[edit]

Calque of Latin cum grānō salis, literally with a grain of salt, figuratively with a bit of common sense.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

with a grain of salt (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) With a little common sense and skepticism.
    I take anything I read on the Internet with a grain of salt.
    • 2008, John Douglas, Johnny Dodd, Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN):
      In it, police laid out list of biographical factoids about BTK and urged residents to read it with a grain of salt. Releasing a list of his “claims,” they reasoned, might allow someone, somewhere to make a connection that police couldn't hope to.

Usage notes[edit]

Usually appears modifying the verb "take".

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