fish


fish
I.
/fɪʃ / (say fish)

noun (plural fish or fishes)
1. any of various cold-blooded, completely aquatic vertebrates, having gills, fins, and typically an elongated body usually covered with scales.
2. any of various other aquatic animals.
3. the flesh of fish used as food.
4. Navy Colloquial a torpedo.
5. Surfing a surfboard with a nose and mid-section that is wider and rounder than in a shortboard, and a forked tail; designed for use in small to medium waves.
verb (t)
6. to catch or attempt to catch (fish or the like).
7. to try to catch fish in (a stream, etc.).
8. to draw (up, out, etc.) as by fishing: to fish a pin out of a crack.
9. to search through as by fishing.
10. Nautical to hoist the flukes of (an anchor) up to the gunwale or rail by means of a tackle, to secure it to the deck.
verb (i)
11. to catch or attempt to catch fish, as by angling or drawing a net.
12. to search for or attempt to catch on to something under water, in mud, etc., by the use of a dredge, rake, hook, or the like.
13. to seek to obtain something by artifice or indirectly: to fish for compliments; to fish for information.
14. to provide a good catch of fish: the lake fished quite well.
phrase
15. a big fish, an important person.
16. a cold fish, a person who appears remote, distant, and lacking in sympathy.
17. a fish out of water, a person who is in unaccustomed surroundings, company, etc.
18. a poor fish, Colloquial an ineffectual and characterless person.
19. a small fish, an unimportant person.
20. a queer fish, Colloquial an unusual or eccentric person.
21. be like shooting fish in a barrel, to be extremely easy to do.
22. cry stinking fish, Obsolete to disparage oneself or one's efforts.
23. drink like a fish, to drink alcoholic liquor to excess.
24. feed the fishes,
a. to vomit over the side of a boat or ship as a result of seasickness.
b. to drown.
25. fish in troubled waters, to take advantage of uncertain conditions; profit from the difficulties of others.
26. fish out,
a. to exhaust of fish by fishing: fishermen who fish out the lake.
b. to obtain by careful search or by artifice.
27. fish up, to catch by, or as by, fishing.
28. kettle of fish,
a. a mess, muddle, or awkward state of affairs (often preceded ironically by pretty, fine, etc.).
b. any situation or state of affairs: this is a different kettle of fish altogether.
{Phrase Origin: from a custom of Scottish gentry of entertaining outdoors with a salmon caught and cooked in a boiling cauldron (or kettle) of brine; the meaning of mess or confusion perhaps from the messy appearance of the fish as it broke up in the water}
29. neither fish nor fowl, Also, neither fish, flesh, fowl, nor good red herring. neither one thing nor the other.
30. other fish to fry, other matters requiring attention.
31. what's that got to do with the price of fish, Colloquial (a phrase used to question the relevance of a piece of information.)
{Middle English; Old English fisc; distantly related to Latin piscis}
fishable, adjective
fishless, adjective
Usage: The plural form fish is the most commonly used, whether or not the sense is collective. For example, I caught ten fish is more common than I caught ten fishes. When the plural form fishes is used, it is generally in order to stress plurality. In particular, zoologists use fish when they are referring to a group comprising individuals of the same species and fishes when they are referring to a group comprising two or more species. This pattern usually also applies to the plural form of the names of particular fish (for example, salmon/salmons, bream/breams). However, the -s form of the plural is the most commonly used for some particular fish (for example, sardines, anchovies).
II.
/fɪʃ / (say fish) Nautical

noun
1. a long strip of wood, iron, etc., used to strengthen a mast, joint, spar, etc.
verb (t)
2. to strengthen or repair (a mast, joint, spar, etc.) by means of a fish.
{Old French ficher to fix}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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