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fish story

noun, Informal.
an exaggerated or incredible story:
It was just another one of his fish stories.
Origin of fish story
1810-20, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fish story
  • For instance, the famous dead-fish story mentioned in the piece has been mentioned in countless profiles.
  • So we're the country of tall tales and also of the fish story.
  • The fish story is always about the one that got away.
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fish story

noun phrase

A series of lies or exaggerations; a false or improbable explanation: His whole alibi is a fish story

[1819+; fr the tendency of an angler to exaggerate the size of the catch]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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fish story

An improbable, boastful tale, as in He came up with some fish story about his winnings at the track. This expression alludes to the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate the size of their catch. [ Early 1800s ]
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