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    Tell the sea stories

    Hi there:

    Thanks in advance for all help provided. I need to know exactly what the expression above means. It seems an idiom.

    So could any of you guys help?

    Again, thanks.

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    Re: Tell the sea stories

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Hello and welcome to UsingEnglish

    I can't help you right now, but maybe you can add some more context.
    Where exactly did you hear it?
    I'm sure some other members can help you, but if you can add more context, it will be easier for all.

    By the way, "It seems to be an idiom."

    Cheers!

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    Re: Tell the sea stories

    It's not an idiom.

    As Nightmare says, we need some context.

    Rover

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    Re: Tell the sea stories

    It's to tell stories of your great adventures, often exaggerated to make any danger seem more dangerous, any boredom to seem more insanely boring, any fish to seem much (much!) larger.

    Two old sailors sitting around telling each other sea stories -- they were just telling about the things that happened to them over the course of their time at sea.

    Unless you have another context of course.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Wink Re: Tell the sea stories

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's to tell stories of your great adventures, often exaggerated to make any danger seem more dangerous, any boredom to seem more insanely boring, any fish to seem much (much!) larger.

    Two old sailors sitting around telling each other sea stories -- they were just telling about the things that happened to them over the course of their time at sea.

    Unless you have another context of course.
    Thanks, buddy! I guess you hit the mark! See the excerpt bellow:

    "Basilone [a famous mariner] liked to tease the navy vets, saying the "swabbies could really tell the sea stories . . . some of those gruesome yarns make me want to buy bonds."

    My kind regards and gratitude.

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