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a tall story (or tale)

Definition of a tall story or tale in English:

An account that is fanciful and difficult to believe: he would regale me with some of his tall stories
More example sentences
  • He could make you hear his sly smile, he could make you cry at a sad story, he could make you believe a tall tale.
  • It may sound like a tall tale but a Keighley museum has come to the rescue after an Isle of Man exhibition was unable to find any stuffed Manx cats to display - despite the cats originating on the island several hundred years ago.
  • I can't find any info, is this just a tall tale or is it true?
Synonyms
unlikely, improbable, exaggerated, far-fetched, implausible, dubious, overblown, unbelievable, incredible, preposterous, outrageous, absurd;
embroidered, dishonest, untrue
informal cock and bull
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