tall tale

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tall tale (plural tall tales)

  1. (idiomatic) A greatly exaggerated, fantastic story.
    He returned on Monday with a tall tale about a 100-pound fish he had caught.
    • 2020 August 4, Richard Conniff, “They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool”, in National Geographic Magazine[1]:
      The head-in-sand idea is a threadbare, 2,000-year-old hand-me-down from the Roman naturalist Pliny, who sometimes passed on tall tales.


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