...if ever I've heard one.

Jiung

Member
Chinese, Taiwan
Hi,

I have a question about the expression "...if ever I've heard one",
as in "That's a cock-and bull story if ever I've heard one."

Does that literally mean "i never heard of it", or it's just an expression to emphasize the tone?

Thanks in advance.

Juing
 
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    It does NOT mean, "I never heard of it."

    It means, "I've heard a great many cock and bull stories, so I can recognize one when I hear one, and this IS a cock and bull story (if I've ever heard one and believe me, I've heard a lot more than one)!
     
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