Idioms for fish

Origin of fish

before 900; (noun) Middle English fis(c)h, fyssh, Old English fisc; cognate with Dutch vis, German Fisch, Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fisks; akin to Latin piscis, Irish iasc; (v.) Middle English fishen, Old English fiscian, cognate with Dutch visschen, German fischen, Old Norse fiska, Gothic fiskôn

OTHER WORDS FROM fish

fish·less, adjectivefish·like, adjectiveout·fish, verb (used with object)un·fished, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fish

fiche fish
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British Dictionary definitions for fish out (1 of 3)

fish out

verb

(tr, adverb) to find or extract (something)to fish keys out of a pocket

British Dictionary definitions for fish out (2 of 3)

FISH
/ (fɪʃ) /

n acronym for

fluorescence in situ hybridization, a technique for detecting and locating gene mutations and chromosome abnormalities

British Dictionary definitions for fish out (3 of 3)

fish
/ (fɪʃ) /

noun plural fish or fishes

verb

See also fish out

Derived forms of fish

fishable, adjectivefishlike, adjective

Word Origin for fish

Old English fisc; related to Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fiscs, Russian piskar, Latin piscis
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Scientific definitions for fish out

fish
[ fĭsh ]

Plural fish fishes

Any of numerous cold-blooded vertebrate animals that live in water. Fish have gills for obtaining oxygen, a lateral line for sensing pressure changes in the water, and a vertical tail. Most fish are covered with scales and have limbs in the form of fins. Fish were once classified together as a single group, but are now known to compose numerous evolutionarily distinct classes, including the bony fish, cartilaginous fish, jawless fish, lobe-finned fish, and placoderms.
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Idioms and Phrases with fish out (1 of 2)

fish out

1

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]

2

Deplete the fish in a body of water by fishing, as in This stream is completely fished out.

Idioms and Phrases with fish out (2 of 2)

fish

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