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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. 2016.
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  • Because this fish-story has so little of fish in it does not prove that a man cannot fish for other game than fish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Pleasant stories were related, and one fish-story was allowed, to give spice to the occasion.

  • This he would have me believe was the foundation of this fish-story.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • When we tell about it at the Hall some of the fellows will be sure to say it's a fish-story.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
Slang definitions & phrases for fish-story

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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Idioms and Phrases with fish-story

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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