catch fish with a silver hook


catch fish with a silver hook
   obsolete
   to pretend to have caught fish which you have bought
   An expression among anglers, where such behaviour is opprobrious, as was that of the man who liked to shoot with a silver gun.
   See also angle with a silver hook, which was an even less gentlemanly activity.

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