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926 The Allure of Fishing
Darren tries to convince David why fishing is such a fun sport.

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allure

What's the allure of fishing?

'Allure' tells us why something is interesting or fun.  Notice the following:

  1. The main allure of gambling is the chance to win money.
  2. I don't see the allure of online role-playing games.

What's the catch?

Why do people like fishing? What's the catch as it were?

Here, 'the catch' talks about an unknown reason, or simply answers the question, "why?"  Notice the following:

That restaurant is always crowded. What's the catch?

You want me to trade my bike for your car. What's the catch?

have a go

It's hard to explain. The best way to understand it is to have a go yourself.

When we 'have a go' at something that means we try it.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't solve this problem. Can you have a go at it?
  2. I was hoping to drive your new car. Would you mind if I had a go with it?

dwindle

The sea stocks are dwindling quite drastically.

When something is dwindling that means the amount or number is getting smaller.  Notice the following:

  1. Class attendance often dwindles at the end of term.
  2. After a long day, my energy dwindles.

by any means

Fishing is not a violent sport by any means.

'By any means' is often added to a statement to make the meaning stronger.  Notice the following:

  1. He is not a good student by any means.
  2. That restaurant is cheap, but the food was not good by any means.

You sold me

You sold me. I am going to give fishing a go.

When we sell someone that means they agree with our opinion or suggestion.  Notice the following:

  1. I like your review of the movie. You sold me. I am going to go see it.
  2. After hearing the sales pitch, he sold me. I went ahead and bought the computer.

get hooked

The majority of people who try it, get hooked.

When we get hooked on somehting that means we can't stop doing it.  Notice the following:

  1. In college I got hooked on online video games.
  2. My wife got me hooked on this new TV drama.