Spin a yarn

What does "Spin a yarn" mean?

Today it means: Tell a story, stretch the truth, fabricate.

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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