"cock-and-bull stories"
The signs of the Cock and the Bull inns
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe signs of the Cock and the Bull inns - Credit: Cnyborg
Nonsense stories or lies. The phrase is thought to have originated at Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, England. An important stopping off point for coaches in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the town boasted two main coaching inns: The Cock and the Bull. The rivalry between the two inns and the travellers who stayed there is thought to have given rise to tall tales.