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fish story

noun, Informal.
1.
an exaggerated or incredible story:
It was just another one of his fish stories.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism
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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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