with a grain of salt

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


with a grain of salt (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) With a little common sense and skepticism. Generally used with the verb take.
    I take anything I read on the Internet with a grain of salt.

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Always appears modifying the verb "take".

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