Try to obtain something through artifice or indirectly. For example, He was always fishing for compliments, or, as William Makepeace Thackeray put it in Vanity Fair (1848): “The first woman who fishes for him, hooks him.” [Mid-1500s]
Search for something, as in I've fished for it in all the drawers. [First half of 1700s]
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How to use fish for in a sentence
When Chérif got out of prison, he worked at the fish counter of a supermarket.
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The government just wanted to catch the big fish [in the Juarez cartel] and they ignored everything in between,” Lozoya said.
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Given the potential for a cyber tit-for-tat to escalate, Obama has even more incentive to find a diplomatic solution.
He must be The saltest fish that swims the sea.And, oh!He has a secret woe!
He looked up from his fish and replied, somewhat cuttingly, "By contesting a borough and getting elected."Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Smoking, the angry and fuming king protests, had made our manners as rude as those of the fish-wives of Dieppe.
But what if I catch the fish by using a hired boat and a hired net, or by buying worms as bait from some one who has dug them?The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
The Taube has been bothering us again, but wound up its manœuvres very decently by killing some fish for our dinner.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton