Fish meaning

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(informal) A person, especially one considered deficient in something.

A poor fish.

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The flesh of such animals used as food.
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To seek something in a sly or indirect way.

Fish for compliments.

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To grope for, find, and bring to view.

To fish a coin from one's pocket.

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Any of numerous cold-blooded vertebrate animals that live in water. Fish have gills for obtaining oxygen, a lateral line for sensing pressure changes in the water, and a vertical tail. Most fish are covered with scales and have limbs in the form of fins. Fish were once classified together as a single group, but are now known to compose numerous evolutionarily distinct classes, including the bony fish, cartilaginous fish, jawless fish, lobe-finned fish, and placoderms .
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(informal) A person thought of as like a fish, as in being easily lured by bait, lacking intelligence or emotion, etc.
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(loosely) Any animal living in water only, as a dolphin, crab, or oyster.

Shellfish, jellyfish.

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The flesh of a fish used as food.
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To try to get something indirectly or by cunning.
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To grope.
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To catch or try to catch fish, shrimps, etc. in.

To fish a stream.

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Of fish or fishing.
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(person) 1808-93; U.S. statesman.
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Any of numerous cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates characteristically having fins, gills, and a streamlined body and including the bony fishes, such as catfishes and tunas, and the cartilaginous fishes, such as sharks and rays.
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Any of numerous cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates characteristically having fins, gills, and a streamlined body and including the bony fishes, such as catfishes and tunas, and the cartilaginous fishes, such as sharks and rays.
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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.
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To fish is defined as to try and obtain information or to catch animals that live in the water, such as salmon.

An example of fish is when you ask questions to try to find out a secret.

An example of fish is when you try to catch salmon using a pole and bait.

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The definition of a fish is an animal that lives in the water and breathes through gills.

An example of a fish is salmon.

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(countable) A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills.

Salmon is a fish.

God created all the fishes of the world.

God created all the fish of the world.

We have many fish in our aquarium.

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(possibly archaic) Any animal that lives exclusively in water.
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(uncountable) The flesh of the fish used as food.

The seafood pasta had lots of fish but not enough pasta.

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(countable) A period of time spent fishing.

The fish at the lake didn't prove successful.

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(countable) An instance of seeking something.

Merely two fishes for information told the whole story.

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(uncountable) A card game in which the object is to obtain pairs of cards.
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(uncountable, derogatory, slang) A woman.
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(countable, slang) An easy victim for swindling.
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(countable, poker slang) A bad poker player.
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(countable, nautical) A makeshift overlapping longitudinal brace, originally shaped roughly like a fish, used to temporarily repair or extend a spar or mast of a ship.
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(nautical) A purchase used to fish the anchor.
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(countable, nautical) A torpedo.
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(zoology) A polyphyletic grouping of the following extant taxonomic groups:
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Of or relating to fish; piscine; ichthyic.

It was a fine fish dinner.

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(intransitive) To try to catch fish, whether successfully or not.

She went to the river to fish for trout.

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To try to find something other than fish in (a body of water).

They fished the surrounding lakes for the dead body.

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(intransitive) To attempt to find or get hold of an object by searching among other objects.

Why are you fishing through my things?

He was fishing for the keys in his pocket.

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(intransitive, followed by "around") To attempt to obtain information by talking to people.

The detective visited the local pubs fishing around for more information.

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(intransitive, cricket) Of a batsman, to attempt to hit a ball outside off stump and miss it.
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(figuratively, followed by "for") To attempt to gain.

The actors loitered at the door, fishing for compliments.

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(nautical) To repair a spar or mast using a brace often called a fish (see NOUN above).
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(obsolete) A counter, used in various games.
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(genetics) Fluorescent in-situ hybridization; a technique used to identify whether a DNA sample has a specific sequence.
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Any of various jawless aquatic craniates, including the lampreys and hagfishes.
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To catch or try to catch fish.
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To look for something by feeling one's way; grope.

Fished in both pockets for a coin.

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To catch or pull as if fishing.

Deftly fished the corn out of the boiling water.

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To catch or try to catch fish, or shrimps, lobsters, etc.
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To get by or as by fishing.
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(naut.) To pull (an old-fashioned anchor) to the gunwale, as from the cathead, preparatory to securing it.
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Selling fish.
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Any of various jawless aquatic craniates, including the lampreys and hagfishes.
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The flesh of such animals used as food.
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(informal) fish or cut bait
  • To proceed with an activity or abandon it altogether.
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like a fish out of water
  • Completely unfamiliar with one's surroundings or activity.
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neither fish nor fowl
  • Having no specific characteristics; indefinite.
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(informal) other fish to fry
  • Other matters to attend to:
    He declined to come along to the movie, saying he had other fish to fry.
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bigger fish to fry
  • other, more important things to attend to
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drink like a fish
  • to drink heavily, esp. alcoholic liquor
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fish in troubled waters
  • to try to gain something by taking advantage of a confused or troubled situation
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fish or cut bait
  • to proceed energetically with a task or give it up altogether
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fish out
  • to deplete the stock of fish in (a lake, etc.)
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like a fish out of water
  • out of one's element; in a situation or surroundings not suited to one
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neither fish nor fowl
  • not belonging to a distinct or recognizable category or class
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the Fishes
  • Pisces, the constellation and twelfth sign of the zodiac
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fish

  • Middle English from Old English fisc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English fisc, from Proto-Germanic *fiskaz (compare West Frisian/Swedish fisk, Dutch vis, German Fisch), from Proto-Indo-European *pik̑sk̑os, *pisḱ- (compare Irish iasc, Latin piscis, Russian пискарь (piskárĭ) 'groundling', Sanskrit picchā 'calf (leg)', picchila, picchala 'slimy, slippery').

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English fiscian, from Proto-Germanic *fiskōną.

    From Wiktionary

  • French fiche (“peg, mark”).

    From Wiktionary