Because this fish-story has so little of fish in it does not prove that a man cannot fish for other game than fish.
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.
When we tell about it at the Hall some of the fellows will be sure to say it's a fish-story.
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]