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verb [transitive]     catfish pronunciation in British English
/ˈkætˌfɪʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycatfish
he/she/itcatfishes
present participlecatfishing
past tensecatfished
past participlecatfished
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  1. to trick someone into having an online relationship by adopting a fake identity

    People who catfish others usually make up fake lives so they can be as extravagant as they want to be.

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The expression comes from the 2010 documentary ’Catfish’, which deals with a relationship of this kind.
 
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