hook, line and sinker

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Etymology[edit]

From all the parts of a fishing tackle that may be lost to a fish. Appeared in 1838 as a metaphor for angling.[1]

Adverb[edit]

hook, line and sinker

  1. (idiomatic) Completely; (of belief or acceptance) naively or unquestioningly.
    I told him you were just a friend, and he fell for it hook, line and sinker.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ hook, line and sinker” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).