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cock-and-bull story

[kok-uh n-boo l] /ˈkɒk ənˈbʊl/
noun
1.
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
1600-1610
1600-10; probably with orig. reference to some fable in which a cock and bull figure
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British Dictionary definitions for cock-and-bull story

cock-and-bull story

noun
1.
(informal) an obviously improbable story, esp a boastful one or one used as an excuse
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cock-and-bull story in Culture

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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Slang definitions & phrases for cock-and-bull story

cock-and-bull story

noun phrase

An improbable account, often an alibi; a mendacious farrago: He gives me this cock-and-bull story about six flat tires

[1620+; origin uncertain; the French term ''cock and donkey'' is analogous]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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