Naive or credulous who immediately believes in something, to believe in something without inquiring about it


  • This is a 19th century phrase which might have originated from an old British saying “to swallow a gudgeon”. What is gudgeon? It is actually a small fish like minnow that fishermen used to as bait. Normally a fish usually swallows bait but only sometimes also takes in the hook but what if it swallows the fishing line and also the lead sinker? It has surely trusted the smart fisherman so much thus gave in. Similarly to blindly trust in something is like to swallow hook, line and sinker.

What will happen to the people who immediately swallow hook, line and sinker when they listen any fake story?

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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crochet, ligne et plomb

Gancio di rondine, linea e platina

slik haak, lijn en zinklood

svelg krok, linje og synker

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