Fishing Idioms

The activity of catching fish, either for food or as a sport.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
When you stop fishing you cut off your bait.
Sentence 1
Keep on fishing or cut off your bait and go home.
Meaning 2
to decide whether to do something, usually a job, or let someone else do it
Sentence 2
If you don't want that job, fish and cut bait. Lois can do it.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to give a fish a line in order to catch it; to give someone a line/rope in order to pull them in
Sentence 1
I hope to catch a nice German Brown with this line, hook, bait, and sinker. Throw out a line to that boat, so they can dock at the pier.
Meaning 2
to tell someone something favorable so they become interested in you; usually the person wants a date
Sentence 2
That line you gave Amy, that you had never been in love before you met her, is not true.
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Meaning 1
to entangle a boat, raft or fishing line in something,such as a part of a tree, a plant, in the bottom of a stream or lake
Sentence 1
My fishing line has hit a snag at the bottom of a stream.
Meaning 2
to be temporarily stopped
Sentence 2
We've hit a snag in the arms accord talks.
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Meaning 1
to hit the bottom of a lake with a boat, a canoe or a fishing line
Sentence 1
We hit the bottom of the stream and had to push the canoe into high water.
Meaning 2
to be at the lowest or worst point
Sentence 2
The economy hit bottom in this fiscal quarter.
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Meaning 1
to be caught on something
Sentence 1
The fish is hooked on my new lure.
Meaning 2
to be addicted to something
Sentence 2
The drug addict is hooked on heroin.
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Meaning 1
to remove a fish from a hook
Sentence 1
The fly fisherman took the german brown trout off the hook in the "no-kill" area of the stream.
Meaning 2
to take away someone's responsibility for something
Sentence 2
Please let me off the hook for our dinner engagement. I have to work that evening.
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Meaning 1
to open worms for bait for fishing
Sentence 1
Please open a can of worms for me.
Meaning 2
to do something that will uncover a number of problems
Sentence 2
The Watergate scandal opened a can of worms for the Republican Party.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The fish took part of the line, the sinker (weights) and the hook in his mouth.
Sentence 1
The golden trout took the fly hook, line and sinker. (This practically never happens.)
Meaning 2
to believe someone completely
Sentence 2
He told me he loved me and I believed him, hook, line and sinker.