fish

[[t]fɪ̱ʃ[/t]]
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fishes, fishing, fished
(The form fish is usually used for the plural, but fishes can also be used.)
1) N-COUNT A fish is a creature that lives in water and has a tail and fins. There are many different kinds of fish.

An expert angler was casting his line and catching a fish every time...

The fish were counted and an average weight recorded.

2) N-UNCOUNT Fish is the flesh of a fish eaten as food.

Does dry white wine go best with fish?

3) VERB If you fish, you try to catch fish, either for food or as a form of sport or recreation.

Brian remembers learning to fish in the River Cam.

4) VERB If you fish a particular area of water, you try to catch fish in it.

[V n] On Saturday we fished the River Arno.

5) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone is fishing for information or praise, you disapprove of the fact that they are trying to get it from someone in an indirect way.

[V for n] He didn't want to create the impression that he was fishing for information...

[V for n] She may be fishing for a compliment and welcome your reassurance...

`Lucinda, you don't have to talk to him!' Mike shouted. `He's just fishing.'

6) See also fishing
7) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you feel like a fish out of water, you do not feel comfortable or relaxed because you are in an unusual or unfamiliar situation. [INFORMAL]

I think he thought of himself as a country gentleman and was like a fish out of water in Birmingham.

8) PHRASE If you tell someone that there are plenty more fish in the sea, you are comforting them by saying that although their relationship with someone has failed, there are many other people they can have relationships with. [INFORMAL]
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