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’
    • ‘He had them falling for it; hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘If that is true, then they took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Peters has fallen for that, hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘Someone at the newspaper swallowed the fake memo hook, line, and sinker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, the media swallowed it - as they always do - 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    completely, totally, utterly, entirely, absolutely, thoroughly, wholly, through and through, one hundred per cent, lock, stock, and barrel
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