cock-and-bull story


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cock-and-bull story

 (kŏk′ən-bo͝ol′)
n.
An absurd or highly improbable tale passed off as being true.

cock-and-bull story

n
informal an obviously improbable story, esp a boastful one or one used as an excuse

cock′-and-bull′ sto`ry


n.
an absurd, improbable story presented as the truth.
[1600–10]

cock-and-bull story

A story, especially an excuse, that is obviously false; from the idea of old morality tales that often featured talking animals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cock-and-bull story - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
fib, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tale, story - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"

cock-and-bull story

noun
Translations

cock-and-bull story

nLügengeschichte f; to give somebody a cock-and-bull storyjdm eine Lügengeschichte erzählen

cock

(kok) noun
1. the male of birds, especially of the domestic fowl. a cock and three hens; (also adjective) a cock sparrow.
2. a kind of tap for controlling the flow of liquid, gas etc.
3. a slang word for the penis.
verb
1. to cause to stand upright or to lift. The dog cocked its ears.
2. to draw back the hammer of (a gun).
3. to tilt up or sideways (especially a hat).
cockerel (ˈkokərəl) noun
a young farmyard cock.
ˈcocky adjective
conceited; over-confident. a cocky attitude.
cock-and-bull story
an absurd, unbelievable story.
ˈcock-crow noun
early morning. He gets up at cock-crow.
ˈcock-eyed adjective
ridiculous. a cock-eyed idea.
ˌcockˈsure adjective
very or too confident. He was cocksure about passing the exam.
References in classic literature ?
You're a past mistress of the cock-and-bull story," said Philip.
Humorous half-columns in the local papers, written in the customary silly way by unlicked cub reporters just out of grammar school, tickled the fancy of San Francisco for a fleeting moment in that the steamship Mariposa had rescued some sea-waifs possessed of a cock-and-bull story that not even the reporters believed.
Challenger was the man who came with some cock-and-bull story from South America.