fish story


Definition of fish story

: an extravagant or incredible story

Examples of fish story in a Sentence

He told a ridiculous fish story about a swarm of giant mosquitoes.
Recent Examples on the Web Kipling’s fame reached across the globe in those last years of the 19th century, and so Oregonians reveled in his fish story. oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 Simply email your true fish story, no tall tales, to Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 20 Apr. 2021 Then it gets spread all over town in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's annual fish story contest. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 20 Apr. 2021 Biggest fish story: The ongoing collapse of cod in the Gulf of Alaska and the closure of the fishery. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2020 The Arctic Report Cards each December since then have been a northern fish story, with the salmon getting bigger with each telling. Anchorage Daily News, 14 Dec. 2019 Every fisherman has a big fish story that their friends find hard to believe. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, 28 Aug. 2019 Share your fish stories, adventures, tips and tricks at Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, 12 July 2018 Share your fish stories, adventures, tips and tricks at Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fish story

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fish story

from the traditional exaggeration by fishermen of the size of fish almost caught

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The first known use of fish story was in 1819

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10 Jan 2022

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“Fish story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of fish story

: an exaggerated story : a story that is so strange or surprising that it seems very unlikely to be true


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