hook, line and sinker


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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.
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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.
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hook, line, and sinker

Completely, totally, all of it. The expression is often phrased as to swallow [something] hook, line, and sinker, alluding to the gullibility of a fish that takes in bait so completely that it swallows the fishing hook, line, and sinker as well. The term originated in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. In the late 1980s Len Deighton used it in the titles of a series of three espionage novels involving complicated deceit, Spy Hook, Spy Line, and Spy Sinker. See also lock, stock, and barrel.
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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER: James Hook is left in the clear to run in the second try for the rampant Ospreys
We've fallen hook, line and sinker for him - so we're delighted to name rising rugby star James Hook Wales on Sunday's Bachelor of the Year!
They had hands like a hook, line and sinker. A bird
The red-faced hitman fell hook, line and sinker for a rare dose of irony from his fellow players.
Hook, line and sinker -- this would be a fair characterization of Ohama's reaction.
Senator Leila de Lima expressed dismay on Wednesday that some public figures 'have swallowed hook, line and sinker' the administration's 'fantasy' that illegal drugs proliferated in the country when she was the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Twilight star, 28, fell hook, line and sinker when his older sisters pretended that his middle-aged mum was up the duff.
It is one I share but only in that they continue to vote at all for parties which have sold us out to Europe hook, line and sinker.
For Anthony Morgan was caught hook, line and sinker without a licence.
It involved setting Lenny up to buy diamonds stolen in a jewellery shop heist - and the villain fell for it hook, line and sinker. Now Lenny is gagged and bound to a chair in the Tall Ship, and Mary can't help but taunt him.
HOOK, LINE AND SINKER: When the weather was rough the indomitable men of the sea at Staithes kept themselves busy preparing their long lines in the old traditional way.
Ryan Thompson was coach of Team Hook, Line and Sinker, representing the Center of Hope in Southbridge.
HOOK, LINE AND SINKER: James Hook dives over for Wales' second try in their latest Six Nations triumph
They might be new to Camden but here in Wales their following is deservedly huge, and all their fans will be having a sneaky laugh at the BBC official website that seems to have fallen hook, line and sinker for their hilarious made-up origins in their rAsumA.
One local said of his lies: "He took everyone in hook, line and sinker."