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Meaning of cock-and-bull story

cock'-and-bull' sto"ry

Pronunciation: (kok'un-bool'), [key]
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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