shoot a line


shoot a line
   to boast
   The imagery is probably not from whaling:
    He described his journey to Marseille, but left out the more adventurous episodes, deterred by some residual airman's code against what the men called shooting a line. (Faulks, 1998)
   Nowadays you are as likely, if so inclined, to shoot the hull, of which more under bull3:
    No-one lingers, no-one sits down and shoots the bull. (Theroux, 1988, writing of the aftermath of a Chinese banquet, not of a Spanish corrida)
   Shooting the breeze is usually of male flirtation:
    Inside, oblivious of all this, are the two highway policemen, sitting at the counter and shooting the breeze with the waitress. (Bryson, 1989)
   The obsolete Scottish shoot among the doves, again meaning to boast, referred to the ease with which tame birds might be hit:
    A lady... had heard her husband mention... that such a gentleman... was thought to shoot among the doves. She immediately took the alarm and said to him with great eagerness... 'My husband says ye shoot among the doves. Now as I am very fond of my pigeons, I beg you winna meddle wi' them.' (HDD)

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  • shoot a line — boast, show off …   English contemporary dictionary

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