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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An implausible, boastful story.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exaggerated or boastful story; a tall tale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a story which taxes credulity; an extravagant or incredible narration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An incredible or extravagant narration or tale.

Etymologies

From the fact that fishermen traditionally exaggerate the size of their catch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate the size of their catch. (Wiktionary)

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