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cock-and-bull story

cock-and-bull story

  Democritus Junior (Robert Burton) from the frontispiece to the 1628 edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy       The phrase cock-and-bull story denotes an implausible story used as an explanation or excuse. The French expression sauter du coq à l’âne, literally to jump from the cock to the (male) ass, means to skip from one subject to […]

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