Definition of shoot a line in English:

shoot a line


  • Describe something in an exaggerated or untruthful way.

    ‘he never shot a line about his escapades’
    • ‘I suppose it is possible that he was ‘shooting a line’ to the Manager which was then recorded.’
    • ‘My kids think that I am shooting a line when I say what a great time I had.’
    • ‘I said, "You no doubt have done your bit in the Home Guard but it was a good job that you had blokes like us to win the war for you." I was certainly shooting a line.’
    overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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