hook, line and sinker


Definition of hook, line and sinker

: without hesitation or reservation : completely fell for the story hook, line and sinker

First Known Use of hook, line and sinker

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hook, line and sinker

from analogy with a well-hooked fish

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The first known use of hook, line and sinker was in 1838

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“Hook, line and sinker.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%2C%20line%20and%20sinker. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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