Definition of hook, line, and sinker in US English:

hook, line, and sinker


  • Used to emphasize that someone has been completely deceived or tricked.

    ‘he fell hook, line, and sinker for this year's April Fool joke’
    • ‘I think that she fell prey to someone much more powerful and more cunning than she was and believed everything he said hook, line, and sinker, and she's a victim of crime, the way I see it.’
    • ‘I expected them to laugh it off as yet another hoax, but was surprised when the former hoaxers bought into my doctored photo hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘Someone at the newspaper swallowed the fake memo hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘Of course, most who read this tripe have zero knowledge of firearms and swallow it hook, line, and sinker which is the goal.’
    • ‘If that is true, then they took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘But that doesn't mean some 18-year-old kid isn't going to take it hook, line, and sinker and try to top it.’
    • ‘Of course, the media swallowed it - as they always do - hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘What is a good deal more disturbing is that U.S. and international media outlets consistently swallowed the opposition's unlikely claims of certain victory hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘Mr Peters has fallen for that, hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘He had them falling for it; hook, line, and sinker.’
    completely, totally, utterly, entirely, absolutely, thoroughly, wholly, through and through, one hundred per cent, lock, stock, and barrel
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