Cock-and-bull story



[kok-uh n-boo l] /ˈkɒk ənˈbʊl/

noun
1.
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.
noun
1.
(informal) an obviously improbable story, esp a boastful one or one used as an excuse

A story that is false: “When John came home at 3:30 a.m., he gave his mother some cock-and-bull story about having a flat tire on the way home.”

noun phrase

An improbable account, often an alibi; a mendacious farrago: He gives me this cock-and-bull story about six flat tires

[1620+; origin uncertain; the French term ”cock and donkey” is analogous]

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