Often, when something really odd is said,or if something impossible to believe is said to have happened, Turks say:" Yeah, if you eat it".

I wonder what is the corresponding idiom in English? If I use the the above term, is it understood by natives?


when something really odd is said, or if something impossible to believe is said to have happened

It's not entirely clear if you mean that the thing is a made-up story or that it has actually occurred despite assumptions to the contrary.

For the former:

"Pull the other one!" (Also, "Pull the other leg," and sometimes ending in "it's got bells on.")


used when you do not believe what someone has just said:

Helen, mountain climbing? Pull the other one - she can't even climb a ladder without feeling sick!

For the latter:

"Truth is stranger than fiction."


said when you want to emphasize that real events or things are sometimes stranger than imaginary ones

I know it sounds unbelievable, but truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

  • I think that there is a closer one which is very similar to it. "Buy something". – ofenerci Jul 16 '18 at 21:17

take (something) with a pinch of salt To consider or evaluate something, such as a statement, while keeping in mind that it may not be completely true or accurate, typically due to the unreliability of the source.

I heard that you can get a free movie ticket if you wear red, but Kevin told me that, so I'm going to take it with a pinch of salt.

Take whatever that paper publishes with a pinch of salt—it's really a tabloid.



Here's something structurally similar, though it slants towards accepting empirical evidence over theoretical suspicion.

the proof of the pudding is in the eating The real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory. ‘‘What he said today I think reduces the chances of us having to move into a confrontational position but the proof of the pudding is in the eating,’ he said.’ - ODO

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