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spin a yarn

Definition of spin a yarn in English:

Tell a long, far-fetched story.
Example sentences
  • I feel so let down I have been spun a yarn from start to finish.
  • He would also like to see it used during TV interviews with politicians, so audiences could tell whether they were being spun a yarn.
  • A cracker bus driver refuses to let him aboard, and our hero coolly spins a yarn about being a wounded veteran of the Normandy landings which shames the man into submission.
Synonyms
tell, recount, relate, narrate;
weave, concoct, invent, fabricate, make up
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