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noun Informal.
an exaggerated or incredible story: It was just another one of his fish stories.
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Origin of fish story

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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fish story

An improbable, boastful tale, as in He came up with some fish story about his winnings at the track. This expression alludes to the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate the size of their catch. [Early 1800s]

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