This saying probably did not start from nautical beginnings as spinning yarn had been around long before it was ever at sea. To spin a fibre, especially wool, correctly and ensure it remains the correct twist, length and thickness, the spinner would need to continually stretch the material. hence, as sailor who wanted to stretch out a story with a few extra details which might not be true became likened to "spinning a yarn".
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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