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1    account, anecdote, conte, fable, fiction, legend, narration, narrative, novel, relation, report, romance, saga, short story, spiel     (informal)   story, urban legend, yarn     (informal)  
2    cock-and-bull story     (informal)   fabrication, falsehood, fib, lie, rigmarole, rumour, spiel     (informal)   tall story     (informal)   untruth  

fairy tale   , fairy story  
1    folk tale, romance  
2    cock-and-bull story     (informal)   fabrication, fantasy, fiction, invention, lie, pork pie     (Brit. slang)   porky     (Brit. slang)   tall story, untruth  
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  ( tales    plural  )
1       n-count; n-in-names   A tale is a story, often involving magic or exciting events.  
...a collection of stories, poems and folk tales...     
2       n-count   You can refer to an interesting, exciting, or dramatic account of a real event as a tale.  
usu with supp, oft N of n   (=story)  
The media have been filled with tales of horror and loss resulting from Monday's earthquake.     
    fairy tale  
    old wives' tale  
    tall tale  
4    If you survive a dangerous or frightening experience and so are able to tell people about it afterwards, you can say that you lived to tell the tale.  
live to tell the tale      phrase   V inflects  
You lived to tell the tale this time but who knows how far you can push your luck.     
5    If someone tells talesabout you, they tell other people things about you which are untrue or which you wanted to be kept secret.  
tell tales      phrase   V inflects  
I hesitated, not wanting to tell tales about my colleague.     

fairy tale        ( fairy tales    plural  ) , fairytale   A fairy tale is a story for children involving magical events and imaginary creatures.      n-count  
She was like a princess in a fairy tale.     
old wives' tale        ( old wives' tales    plural  ) An old wives' tale is a traditional belief, especially one which is incorrect.      n-count  
Ann Bradley dispels the old wives' tales and gives the medical facts.     
tall tale        ( tall tales    plural  ) A tall tale is a long and complicated story that is difficult to believe because most of the events it describes seem unlikely or impossible.      n-count  
...the imaginative tall tales of sailors.     
tell-tale      , telltale  
Something that is described as telltale gives away information, often about something bad that would otherwise not be noticed.      adj   ADJ n  
Only occasionally did the telltale redness around his eyes betray the fatigue he was suffering.     

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