cock-and-bull story


cock-and-bull story
noun
an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
Hypernyms: ↑fib, ↑story, ↑tale, ↑tarradiddle, ↑taradiddle

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷-\ noun
Etymology: perhaps so called from the legendary sexual prowess of cocks and bulls
: a fabricated tale passed off as true especially in self-glorification

cock-and-bull stories about the big jobs he had held

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/kok"euhn bool"/
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.
[1600-10; prob. with orig. reference to some fable in which a cock and bull figure]

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cock-and-bull story «KOK uhn BUL»,
an absurd, incredible sto (from an old fable with two incredible characters, a cock and a bull).

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/ˈkɑːkənˈbʊl-/ noun, pl ⋯ stories [count]
informal : a ridiculous story that is is used as an explanation or excuse

Do you think I'm going to fall for that cock-and-bull story?


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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