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hook, line and sinker

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EtymologyEdit

From all the parts of a fishing tackle that may be lost to a fish. Appeared in 1838 as a metaphor for angling.[1]

AdverbEdit

hook, line and sinker

  1. (idiomatic) Completely; (of belief or acceptance) naively or unquestioningly.
    I told him you were just a friend, and he fell for it hook, line and sinker.

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  1. ^ hook, line and sinker” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).