cock-and-bull story

cock-and-bull story

[kok-uhn-bool]
noun
an absurd, improbable story presented as the truth: Don't ask him about his ancestry unless you want to hear a cock-and-bull story.

Origin:
1600–10; probably with orig. reference to some fable in which a cock and bull figure

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cock-and-bull story
 
n
informal an obviously improbable story, esp a boastful one or one used as an excuse

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cock-and-bull story definition


A story that is false: “When John came home at 3:30 a.m., he gave his mother some cock-and-bull story about having a flat tire on the way home.”

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