fish in troubled waters
Try to take advantage of a confused situation. For example, He often buys up stock in companies declaring bankruptcy; fishing in troubled waters generally pays off. This term, first recorded in 1568, expresses the even older notion that fish bite more readily when seas are rough.
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When Chérif got out of prison, he worked at the fish counter of a supermarket.
Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
“The government just wanted to catch the big fish [in the Juarez cartel] and they ignored everything in between,” Lozoya said.
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This, however, did not apply to the waters lying directly around the Poloe and Flatland groups.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
The volcanic eruptions of the mountains on the west broke down its barriers, and let its waters flow.
The countries about the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea and its adjoining waters.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
All things that are of the earth, shall return to the earth again, and all waters shall return to the sea.
By a voice he saith: Hear me, ye divine offspring, and bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters.