hook, line and sinker

adverb

Definition of hook, line and sinker

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

Examples of hook, line and sinker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remember the 2018 summit in Helsinki, when Trump horrified the West by swallowing hook, line and sinker Putin's smirky denial of any meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election? Star Tribune, "Biden needs to show Putin that Trump bromance is over," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Hook, line and sinker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%2C%20line%20and%20sinker. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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