One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Describe something in an exaggerated or untruthful way.‘he never shot a line about his escapades’
overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflateView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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