Posted by Henry on September 23, 2003
In Reply to: Whats the meaning and useage of..... posted by EAH on September 23, 2003
: : ...Hook, line and sinker.
: : What is meant by the above and under what circunstances is the phrease used?
: "...swallowed (the falsehood/story/tall tale) hook, line and sinker"
: means that
: the listener is extremely guillible
Hook, line and sinker are all fishing equipment. The object of the angler is to persuade the fish to swallow the bait or artificial lure which contains the hook. Similarly, a person may be persuaded to believe (or swallow) an artificial story.