raconter des salades → spinning yarns


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raconter des salades → spinning yarns

"In English, when a person makes up elaborate stories to avoid the truth, we can say that s/he is "spinning yarns," because there's more to it than just a simple lie. The equivalent French expression is raconter des salades, which offers a great image. Start with a bed of lettuce background, add some tomato and carrots for color, flesh it out with a bit of ham or chicken, and dress it up with vinaigrette for a delicious and believable story."
source: french about.com
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