fish story
noun Etymology: from the traditional exaggeration by fishermen of the size of fish almost caught Date: 1819 an extravagant or incredible story

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  • Fish story — Fish Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fish story — {n. phr.} An unlikely or improbable tale. * /Hunters and fishermen often exaggerate their successes by telling fish stories./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fish story — {n. phr.} An unlikely or improbable tale. * /Hunters and fishermen often exaggerate their successes by telling fish stories./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fish story — ☆ fish story n. [from the conventional exaggeration by fishermen of the size of fish that escaped being caught] Informal an unbelievable story; exaggeration …   English World dictionary

  • Fish Story — Infobox Television episode Title = Fish Story Series = Back to You Caption = Chuck and Ryan look as one of Chuck s fish is electricuted. Season = 1 Episode = 2 Airdate = Start date|2007|09|26 Production = BTY 102 Writer = Dan O Shannon Director …   Wikipedia

  • fish story — AND fish tale n. a great big lie. (Like the fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away.) □ That’s just a fish story. Tell me another! □ He’s a master at the fish tale. Maybe he should be a politician …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fish story — noun : an extravagant or incredible story * * * noun, pl ⋯ stories [count] US : an exaggerated story : a story that is so strange or surprising that it seems very unlikely to be true He told a ridiculous fish story about a swarm of giant… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fish story —    a lie or exaggeration    Anglers have a habit of romancing about the size of their catch or the one that got away:     It was an obvious fish story and nobody in the room bought it. (Cussler, 1994) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • fish story — fish′ sto ry n. inf an exaggerated or incredible story • Etymology: from fishermen s stereotypical tendency to exaggerate the size of their catches …   From formal English to slang

  • fish story — Synonyms and related words: big talk, blague, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, cock and bull story, exaggeration, fairy tale, falsehood, falsity, fancy talk, farfetched story, farrago, fib, fiction, fine talk, flam, flimflam, gas, ghost story, half truth …   Moby Thesaurus

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