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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.
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hook, line, and sinker.

Fig. totally. She fell for our story hook, line, and sinker. They believed every word hook, line, and sinker.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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fall for something hook, line and sinker


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.
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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.
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hook, line, and sinker

mod. totally. They believed every word hook, line, and sinker.
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n. a doughnut. All our sinkers are brought in fresh on Monday.

hook, line, and sinker

Without reservation; completely: swallowed the excuse hook, line, and sinker.
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Speed Carolina Rig: Adaption of the Speed Worm (same worms and rigging) with a 12-inch leader from the worm to a barrel swivel on the main line, and a sinker above the swivel.
The business development teams continue to focus on tenders and we remain optimistic regarding the year and future prospects of the Group," said Alon Davidov, CEO of Shaft Sinkers.
In fact, keeping a watchful eye for abandoned castnets may keep you in sinkers for a long time, and given the rising cost of lead, that pays dividends
A night after mustering just two hits in a complete-game shutout loss to Nomo, the Brewers waved and waffled at an array of sinkers, split-finger fastballs and whatever other pitches from various arm angles Brown decided to invent.
Sinkers are normally egg style that are slid up onto the mainline where a swivel is added to the leader and attached to the mainline keeping the sinker from sliding down on the hook.
Manufacturers are turning out specialized drop-shot sinkers (3/4 of an ounce is about the maximum), but any bank or pyramid sinker can be used.
Most anglers were using the recommended 3-pound sinkers on 80-pound gangions (many with shrimp flies) with 40-pound breakaway lines, and several anglers pulled in three to four fish at a time.
It's also easy to remove rod-smacking sinkers when running from spot to spot.
He threw nothing but sinkers to Giambi and said he could not have done the same thing if he was starting.