(tr, adverb) to find or extract (something): to fish keys out of a pocket
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How to use fish out in a sentence
But the car ran out of gas, and de Merode had to fish out $20 for it to refuel.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo | Nina Strochlic | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sure, Nancy has the fish-out-of-water thing going on, but that attribute often defines Piper.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension | Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They center around two white bourgeoisie women who are the fish out of a water and love proving they can be that dehydrated fish.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension | Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I would love to emulate people like Alexander Payne or Sofia Coppola, who does fish-out-of-water movies so well.
Even Kunis alluded to this when she was asked to attend a wedding by a fish-out-of-water BBC interviewer.Kate Upton, Mila Kunis: Enough With the YouTube Prom Proposals | Kevin Fallon | March 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If a sailor on land is a fish out of water, a soldier at sea is like a game cock in a duckpond.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
With some difficulty, Ward got the fish out of the water and began to drag it up the hill toward his house.What Rough Beast? | Jefferson Highe
I was busy beating my wife while you were getting birds out of fishnets and fish out of snares!Mighty Mikko | Parker Fillmore
He felt very much a fish out of water, in that strange country; were he alone, he would feel ten times more so.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
He cared for nothing to do with the sea, but the fish out of it, and that only when dressed and steaming on the table.The Fourth Estate, vol.1 | Armando Palacio Valds
Other Idioms and Phrases with fish out
Also, fish up. Discover and retrieve something from a pile or store. For example, She finally fished out the right letter from the files, or He fished up a scandal for the paper to run in the early edition. This usage likens pulling fish from the sea to finding something. [Mid-1600s]
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