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Fish Idioms

Updated on September 22, 2014

What is an Idiom?

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There are a number of idioms that are related to Fish.

Some are negative and derogatory, but some can be positive and complimentary.

An idiom is a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally. When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.

An example of this might be "break a leg." If taken literally, then you are being told to break your leg. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by actors to say "Do well" before they go out on stage.


"A Big Fish in a Small Pond."

Someone who is important in a small group or organisation. Someone who would be far less important in a larger group or organisation.

"A Cold Fish"

A way of saying that someone is unfriendly or does not show their emotions easily.

"A Red Herring."

A way of diverting someones attention away from something of significance.

"Neither Fish nor Fowl."

To way of saying that something is not recognizable. It is neither one thing or another.

"Fish for a Compliment."

To attempt to get a compliment out of someone.

Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish
"There are Plenty More Fish in the Sea"

A way of saying that there are plenty of other opportunities out there.

"Have Bigger Fish to Fry."

A way of saying that you have other, more important things to do.

Fish Idioms - BBC Learning English - YouTube

"As slippery as an eel"

A way of saying that someone cannot be trusted.

"A Pretty Kettle of Fish."

A way of saying that it is a perplexing or troublesome situation.

"Packed Like Sardines."

Away of saying that people are crammed in close together.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @Camden1: Thank you.

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      Camden1 3 years ago

      Who knew that there were so many fish idioms! What a fun article!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Slippery things those fish....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just know there's something fishy going on here but I can't quite put my finger on it>:)

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Interesting topic for a lens, like it. I know it's not strictly a fish, but how about a Whale Of A Tale.