noun, plural (especially collectively) fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) fish·es.
verb (used with object)
- to secure (an anchor) by raising the flukes.
- to reinforce (a mast or other spar) by fastening a spar, batten, metal bar, or the like, lengthwise over a weak place.
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for fish
Origin of fish
OTHER WORDS FROM fishfish·less, adjectivefish·like, adjectiveout·fish, verb (used with object)un·fished, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fishfiche fish
Words nearby fish
British Dictionary definitions for fish or cut bait (1 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for fish or cut bait (2 of 2)
noun plural fish or fishes
- any of a large group of cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates having jaws, gills, and usually fins and a skin covered in scales: includes the sharks and rays (class Chondrichthyes : cartilaginous fishes) and the teleosts, lungfish, etc (class Osteichthyes : bony fishes)
- (in combination)fishpond Related adjectives: ichthyic, ichthyoid, piscine
Derived forms of fishfishable, adjectivefishlike, adjective
Word Origin for fish
Scientific definitions for fish or cut bait
Plural fish fishes
Cultural definitions for fish or cut bait
Make a decision now; stop hesitating. To cut bait is to stop fishing.
Idioms and Phrases with fish or cut bait (1 of 2)
Either proceed with an activity or abandon it completely. For example, You've been putting off calling him for hours; either fish or cut bait. This expression, often uttered as an imperative, alludes to a fisherman who should either be actively trying to catch fish or cutting up bait for others to use. It was first recorded in the Congressional Record (1876), when Congressman Joseph P. Cannon called for a vote on a bill legalizing the silver dollar: “I want you gentlemen on the other side of the House to ‘fish or cut bait.’” A vulgar synonym from the 1940s is shit or get off the pot.
Idioms and Phrases with fish or cut bait (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with fish
- fish for
- fishing expedition
- fish in troubled waters
- fish or cut bait
- fish out
- fish out of water, a
- fish story
- big fish in a small pond
- cold fish
- drink like a fish
- goldfish bowl
- kettle of fish
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- neither fish nor fowl
- not the only fish in the sea
- other fish to fry
- smell fishy