Monday 10 December 2007

Phrase of the Day 168: 'spin a yarn'

"to spin a yarn"

definition: to tell a tale/story.

example: "Are you spinning me a yarn?...or are you telling me the truth?"

origin: In the old days, women used to spin yarn on spinning wheels. They frequently did this in groups and, to pass the time, they often told each other stories. In time the words came to mean the production of the stories themselves.

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