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a fish story

A big lie. The phrase alludes to the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate the size of the fish they've caught or lost out on. I'm sure Grandpa is just telling you a fish story—there's no way all of that's true!
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fish story

 and fish tale
Fig. a great big lie. (Like a fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away.) That's just a fish story. Don't try to fool me. He's a master at the fish tale. Maybe he should be a politician.
See also: fish, story

fish story

An improbable, boastful tale, as in He came up with some fish story about his winnings at the track. This expression alludes to the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate the size of their catch. [Early 1800s]
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fish story

and fish tale
n. a great big lie. (Like the fisherman who exaggerates the size of the fish that got away.) All we got was a fish story about his luck with the girls. What a liar! He’s a master at the fish tale. Maybe he should be a politician.
See also: fish, story

fish story, a

A tall tale. This term alludes to the tendency of sports fishermen (and women) to exaggerate the size of their catch, and originated in America in the early nineteenth century. It may have been invented by the journalist who described an event he termed “a fish story,” the appearance of shoals of whitefish in such large numbers that they choked a channel and prevented a steamboat from passing (St. Louis Enquirer, Dec. 8, 1819).
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In Striper Wars: An American Fish Story (Island Press, $26.95), Russell goes back to 1964, and little-noticed plans to build a Hudson River hydroelectric plant, which just coincidentally, would have decimated a huge striped bass hatchery.
Another artist who has consistently worked against this lack of representation is Allan Sekula; see, among other projects, his Fish Story (1990-94).
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"Another Fish Story" by Joan Bond (October 1998) received an honourable mention in Poetry for its "imaginative retelling of the Jonah story, carefully crafted in earthy, specific images."
By the time the Latin poet Hyginus was documenting sky lore in the second century A.D., he had to include a fish story for Pisces.
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(16) A Wild Fish Story: They Shoulda Missed the Boat; Status Report on the 1995 Outmigration of Idaho's Wild Salmon, in Idaho Rivers United at i, ii (1995) [hereinafter A Wild Fish Story].