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Swallow hook, line and sinker


Deluded. Accepting fake news. Believe entirely a lie or false story. Taken in by a joke or prank. When fishing, it’s possible that a fish was not just caught but it swallowed the hook, the fishing line and the metal sinker attached, so the phrase presents a naive person who totally believes a fallacy they were told. (Compare to Put one over on  you, Shovel it high or String along.)

“I told him as a joke that there was gold in the river, he believed me, so now he’s been looking for it all day, he swallowed it hook, line and sinker.”

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