"oral narrative centered on magical tests, quests, and transformations," 1749, translating Fr. Conte de feés of Madame d'Aulnois (1698, translated into English 1699). As an adjective (also fairytale), attested by 1963.
n. a simplistic and condescending explanation for something; a lie. : I don't want to hear a fairy tale, just the facts, ma'am. , I've already heard your little bedtime story. You'll have to do better than that!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition. Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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