grain of salt

Main Entry:  grain of salt
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  skepticism, reservation
Etymology:  Latin cum grano salis, based on antidote to poison needing a grain of salt to work
Usage:  used with 'with a'
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grain of salt definition


To “take something with a grain of salt” is to view a statement with a skeptical attitude. “She took the claim that he didn't want to be president with a grain of salt.”

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