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poor fish

noun phrase

An ordinary person, esp regarded as a victim of existential perversity: The poor fish is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't/ They've tricked you again, you poor simp (entry form 1919+, variant 1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • So few anglers ever seem to think of the case of the poor fish!

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Down to the depths, along with his dupe, go the wife and children of the poor fish.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • I talked my head off and it didnt have any effect on the poor fish.

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He did not cast it far enough, and the poor fish remained on the bank.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • The poor fish claps his hand to his forehead and cries 'Gadzooks!

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • “I have eaten so much that I cannot swim,” replied the poor fish.

    Philippine Folk Tales Mabel Cook Cole
  • The thing that matters is that you are talking piffle, you poor fish.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Some other poor fish, waiting as patiently as we to be digested by the Shark.

    The Adventures of Pinocchio C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  • “But we happen to have plenty of provisions, and are not in want of the poor fish,” said Charles.

  • Henley had a reputation for "tearing themes to pieces and making a fellow feel like a poor fish."

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks

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