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Difference between Fish story and Fishy story

fish storyan exaggerated story; an incredible tale (about fishing):

  • A friend who does not tell fish stories, says he has seen them [herring] in such schools that he could not row his boat through them.

fishy storya doubtful, questionable story suggestive of deception:

  • He gives me a fishy story about how he bought the bike from an auction and is now selling it because it is too small for him.