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 But Snoop Dogg’s smoke-free hook, line and sinker still doesn’t explain why homemaking savant Martha Stewart has canceled Thanksgiving. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Logan falls for it, hook, line and sinker. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 And in the last election, over 70 million people bought it hook, line and sinker. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 26 May 2022

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Word History


from analogy with a well-hooked fish

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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

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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 29 Feb. 2024.

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