- Contrary to custom, one's inclination, or good sense.
- With reservations; skeptically:
Take that advice with a grain of salt.
- contrary to one's feelings or wishes, to prevailing trends or attitudes, etc.
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Origin of Grain
From Old French grain, grein, from Latin grānum (“seed”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm (“grain”). Compare English corn.
Middle English from Old French graine from Latin grānum gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
See groin (“part of the body”).
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