tall tale

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tall tale an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
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Usage

In literature:

A collection of tall tales of the adding machine variety.
"Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie
But to give that tall man his due, he was not given with all his talk to tale-bearing or scandal or detraction.
"Bunyan Characters First Series" by Alexander Whyte
I've heard some tall tales about elephants.
"Novel Notes" by Jerome K. Jerome
It never went farther than that, but they told each other some tall tales.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Only one of the number escaped to tall the sad tale.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
If I lingered in the porch to watch a certain tall figure disappear into the darkness, no one knew it, for the stars tell no tales.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
So the tale goes, that Unn was a woman both tall and portly.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
The tale has been heard of a tree so tall that it took two men to see to the top of it.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
She told her tale just across the street from the ship chandler's, where the Tall Stove Club held its meetings.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
It could be that he was being told a tall tale.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
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In poetry:

Tales of old Boccaccio--
Tall Decameronian maids
Strolled among Italian glades,
Smiling, sweet and slow.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, title of the tale:
He of that name,
A tall, glum fellow, velvet cloaked, with a shirt of mail,
Two eyes like flame.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
And she, the lady of this simple tale,
Was tall and straight, and beautiful to view;
Even a poet’s burning words would fail
To paint her roseate hue.
"A Romance In The Rough" by Arthur Patchett Martin
At noon the women came, the tall fair women, bearing
Baskets of wicker in their ample hands for each,
And learned the day's brief tale, and how the fields were faring,
And blessed them with their lofty beauty and blithe speech.
"The Land Of Pallas" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Tall-tale postcards from Texas.
Getting a clear view of one tall tale .
Jiminy's juice story is part of a tall tale .
A Tall Tale of the Tape.
Car Carrier Spins Tall Tale .
But in the end, he has only his tall-tale-telling tongue to blame.
Long Whiskers , Tall Tales.
Tall Tales from Dubai .
Headless bodies and other immigration tall tales in Arizona.
From tall tale to legend in two years.
The state-owned newspaper has another tall tale to sell citizens.
Tall tales abound as British pub holds annual World's Biggest Liar competition.
'Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales': Texas Tommy Takes New York.
Tiger By the Tall Tale.
Once upon a time there was a peasant boy from Lithuania who had a gift for spinning tall tales.
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In science:

The shape of a vortex shifts from a flat coin to a curved line in three-dimensional space, as the thickness D tales the rod from a disk to a tall rod.
Vortex patterns in a superconducting-ferromagnetic rod
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