Shooting a line

What does "Shooting a line" mean?

Today it means: Telling a tall story, fiction.

Fishermen "shoot a line" when fishing and so did off duty sailors when at sea. Fishing while on a long voyage was essential to bolster rations so sailors could be tasked for the job. To help pass the long hours fishing there were many stories told; some true and some not. If you told a story that is not true and yet was believed then you would have shot your line and caught one. So to shoot a line is to be believed when you tell an un-true story.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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