fish story


: an extravagant or incredible story

Example Sentences

He told a ridiculous fish story about a swarm of giant mosquitoes.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fish story was in 1819

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“Fish story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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