fish story definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Informal an unbelievable story; exaggeration
Origin: from the conventional exaggeration by fishermen of the size of fish that escaped being caught
fish story definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun InformalThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
An implausible, boastful story.
Origin: From the fact that fishermen traditionally exaggerate the size of their catch.
fish story - Phrases/Idioms
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]