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fall for (someone or something) hook, line and sinker

1. To be completely infatuated with someone. The moment I met my wife, I fell for her hook, line, and sinker.
2. To believe unquestioningly that something is true. I told them that I like this stupid school, and they fell for it hook, line, and sinker—I guess I'm a pretty good actress.
See also: and, fall, line, sinker

hook, line, and sinker

Completely and unquestioningly. The moment I met my wife, I fell for her hook, line, and sinker. I told them that I like this stupid school, and they fell for it hook, line, and sinker—I guess I'm a pretty good actress.
See also: and, sinker

hook, line, and sinker.

Fig. totally. She fell for our story hook, line, and sinker. They believed every word hook, line, and sinker.
See also: and, sinker

swallow something hook, line, and sinker

Fig. to believe something completely. (These terms refer to fishing and fooling a fish into being caught.) I made up a story about why I was so late. The boss swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. I feel like a fool. I swallowed her lies hook, line, and sinker.
See also: and, sinker, swallow

hook, line, and sinker

Without reservation, completely, as in He swallowed our excuse hook, line, and sinker. This expression, first recorded in 1865, alludes to a fish swallowing not only the baited hook but the leaden sinker and the entire fishing line between them.
See also: and, sinker

fall for someone hook, line and sinker

If you fall for someone hook, line and sinker, you fall deeply in love with them. I fell for her hook, line and sinker.
See also: and, fall, line, sinker

fall for something hook, line and sinker

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swallow something hook, line and sinker

If someone falls for something hook, line, and sinker or swallows something hook, line and sinker, they believe it completely, even though it is often not true. He told her a story about having lost his money, and she fell for it, hook, line and sinker. There were leaks to the press, and journalists swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
See also: and, fall, line, sinker, something

hook, line, and sinker

You use hook, line, and sinker to mean that someone does something to a great degree. I was completely against nationalization. I resisted it hook, line and sinker and became quite unpopular in the process. He has a tendency to get drawn into things hook, line and sinker. Note: When fish are caught, they sometimes swallow part of the fishing line and the `sinker' or weight, as well as the hook.
See also: and, sinker

hook, line, and sinker

used to emphasize that someone has been completely tricked or deceived. informal
This phrase is a fishing metaphor: all three are items attached to a fishing rod and likely to be gulped down by a greedy fish. The phrase has been in use since the mid 19th century.
1996 Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice & Men Patricia wouldn't know what had hit her. She'd fall for me hook, line and sinker once I'd reminded her what we were all about.
See also: and, sinker

hook, line and ˈsinker

if you accept something hook, line and sinker, you accept it completely, either because you have been deceived or because you believe things too easily: Are you telling me that you swallowed his absurd lies hook, line and sinker?
All three words in this expression are items used for catching a fish.
See also: and, line, sinker

hook, line, and sinker

mod. totally. They believed every word hook, line, and sinker.
See also: and, sinker

sinker

n. a doughnut. All our sinkers are brought in fresh on Monday.

hook, line, and sinker

Informal
Without reservation; completely: swallowed the excuse hook, line, and sinker.
See also: and, sinker
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