Take with a pinch (grain) of salt—持保留態度,半信半疑

(to consider or evaluate something, such as a statement, while keeping in mind that it may not be completely accurate, typically due to the unreliability of the source)


  • Take whatever that paper publishes with a pinch of salt—it’s really tabloid.
  • You have to take what he says with a pinch of salt.

(BBC, 2017/10/02)

Spain’s complicated relationship with the region of Catalonia is heading for the unknown.

After violence by Spanish police, a declaration of independence by Catalonia’s regional government seems more likely than ever before.

Given the chaotic nature of the vote, the turnout and voting figures should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The government in Madrid is holding talks with Spain’s political leaders to discuss a response to the biggest political crisis this country has seen in decades.


(CNN, 2017/09/19) Military threats may also not be exactly what they seem.

While top US officials are increasingly saying they are happy to turn the problem over to US Defense Secretary James Mattis, the Pentagon has yet to explain clearly how the grave consequences that have always augured against a military solution have changed. (…)

軍事威脅有可能表裡不一。美方官員雖然樂意把(美國和北韓之間的)問題丟給國防部長馬蒂斯,但是國防部仍未說明,有什麼改變了一直以來大家反對武力解決方案的理由 (因為武力解決朝鮮半島問題會有嚴重後果,南韓和日本都堅決反對)

Until the Pentagon can solve that conundrum, some observers will take US military threats with a pinch of salt — unless they conclude that Trump is ready to accept a huge humanitarian toll in Asia — to keep America safe from North Korea.


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