spin a yarn


spin a yarn


  • to tell a tale
  • to tell a long & fanciful story
  • to tell an unbelievable lengthy story


  1. Kids like to have their grandparents spin a yarn for them.
  2. His sister always spins a yarn about her childhood.
  3. Her father has to spin a yarn each night to make his daughter sleep else she would start crying
  4. There are stories about courage of many warriors. Who knows if they are just spinning yarns.
  5. Don’t you think most of the saints spin a yarn when narrating the mystic stories? They probably do it to deliver that one message of truth.
  6. I do not believe him. He has old habit of spinning yarns about his school days.
  7. He gets happy on being insisted about his spinning yarns. He doesn’t know that everyone is making a fool of him while doing so.

The expression is nautical in origin and has been used in this sense since the early 19th century owing its life to the fact that it consists of a dual meaning, yarn denote both “spun fiber” and “a tale”.

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