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

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

1. To become completely infatuated or in love with someone. The moment I met my wife, I fell for her hook, line, and sinker.
2. To believe unquestioningly that something is true, especially something intended to dupe one. 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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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, someone

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
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Dougie bought it hook, line and sinker and after he found out spat the dummy out so far it cleared the Campsie hills.
Ryan Thompson was coach of Team Hook, Line and Sinker, representing the Center of Hope in Southbridge.
Like unsuspecting groupers, Ventura County supervisors swallowed the notion of the limitless state - hook, line and sinker.
But on the last day of shooting, Barry snubbed the hotel restaurant and headed for the Hook, Line and Sinker chip shop in nearby Portsoy.
Like unsuspecting groupers, county supervisors swallowed the notion of the limitless state - hook, line and sinker.
One local said of his lies: "He took everyone in hook, line and sinker.
So when Isabel, who has recently inherited a fortune, falls hook, line and sinker for this manipulative man, we're a little perplexed; when she marries him and, in an abrupt transition, disappears completely into his sadomasochistic shadow, we are left behind.