Phrase: Give / Tell somebody a cock-and-bull story / tale
Meaning: To tell somebody an explanation that seems completely false.
My husband gave me some cock-and-bull story about (his) having a meeting with a client at 2 am.
Please tell me the truth once and for all. I do not believe any of your cock-and-bull tales. I do not want more lies.
Yesterday you told me a cock and bull story about all you had to do to get here, but the truth is that you arrive late every single day. What is your cock and bull story for today?
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