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with a grain of salt

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Synonyms for with a grain of salt

  • askance
  • doubtfully
  • doubtingly
  • dubiously
  • suspiciously
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WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old North French *pinchier "to pinch, squeeze, nip; steal" (Old French pincier, Modern French pincer), of uncertain origin, possibly from Vulgar Latin *punctiare "to pierce," which might be a blend of Latin punctum "point" + *piccare "to pierce." Meaning "to steal" in English is from 1650s. Sense of "to be stingy" is recorded from early 14c. Related: Pinched; pinching.

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questioningly

adverbskeptically
  • askance
  • doubtfully
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