Variant of fish
- any of three classes (jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes) of coldblooded vertebrate animals living in water and having fins, permanent gills for breathing, and, usually, scales
- loosely any animal living in water only, as a dolphin, crab, or oyster: often used in combination: shellfish, jellyfish
- the flesh of a fish used as food
- Informal a person thought of as like a fish in being easily lured by bait, lacking intelligence or emotion, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English fisc, akin to German fisch, Dutch visch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pisk- from source Classical Latin piscis
- to catch or try to catch fish, or shrimps, lobsters, etc.
- to try to get something indirectly or by cunning: often with for
- to grope: often with for
Origin: OE fiscian
- to catch or try to catch fish, shrimps, etc. in: to fish a stream
- to get by or as by fishing
- to grope for, find, and bring to view: often with out or up: to fish a coin from one's pocket
- Naut. to pull (an old-fashioned anchor) to the gunwale, as from the cathead, preparatory to securing it
- of fish or fishing
- selling fish
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