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- n. A bit of common sense and skepticism. Generally used in some form of to take with a grain of salt.
[Paulus claims in his "Papers," "Both General Weichs and I drew attention to the very long and inadequately held Don front, and the dangers inherent in the situation," though this assertion should be taken with a grain of salt as there is no confirmation of it from others who attended the conference of 12th September.
And, indeed, one's personality dissolved as a grain of salt in the sea; but at the same time the infinite sea seemed to be contained in the grain of salt.
The story is related by Remond, surnamed “The Greek,” and must be taken with a grain of salt as Ninon was at that time seventy-nine years of age.