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Topic: FISH

Language: Old English
Origin: fisc; related to Pisces

fish

1 noun
     
fish
fish1 S2 W1 plural fish or fishes
1 [countable]HBF an animal that lives in water, and uses its fins and tail to swim:
Ronny caught three huge fish this afternoon.
Over 1,500 different species of fish inhabit the waters around the reef.
The stonefish is the most deadly of all fishes.
The lake is well stocked with fish (=fish have been put into the lake).
a shoal/school of fish (=a large group of fish swimming together)
2 [uncountable]DFF the flesh of a fish used as food [↪ seafood]:
One usually drinks white wine with fish.
3

(be/feel) like a fish out of water

to feel uncomfortable because you feel you do not belong in a place or situation:
I felt like a fish out of water in my new school.
4

there are plenty more fish in the sea

used to tell someone whose relationship has ended that there are other people they can have a relationship with
5

neither fish nor fowl

neither one thing nor another
6

have other/bigger fish to fry

informal to have other things to do, especially more important things
7

odd fish/queer fish

British English old-fashioned someone who is slightly strange or crazy
8

cold fish

an unfriendly person who seems to have no strong feelings
9

a big fish in a little/small pond

someone who is important in or who has influence over a very small area

➔ drink like a fish

at drink1 (2)

; ➔ another/a different kettle of fish

at kettle (3)
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