hook, line and sinker

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


hook, line and sinker

  1. 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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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “hook”, in Online Etymology Dictionary: “Hook, line, and sinker 'completely' is 1838, a metaphor from angling.”