- fish·i·ly, adverb
- fish·i·ness, noun
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How to use fishy in a sentence
If the skeptics at Nissenbaum’s talk were right, we reasoned, AdSense should smell something fishy with AdNauseam clicks and toss them back overboard.This tool lets you confuse Google’s ad network, and a test shows it works | Konstantin Kakaes | January 6, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
On the morning after Election Day, Greg and Jenny Brethen, loyal viewers of Fox News who watched the channel religiously for almost 20 years, turned on their go-to morning show, “Fox & Friends,” and thought they saw something fishy.Why these Fox News loyalists have changed the channel to Newsmax | Jeremy Barr | December 27, 2020 | Washington Post
Just because something isn’t found to be illegal doesn’t mean it’s not fishy.
Mussels are briny yet sweet and mild, with no “fishy” notes.Mussels are simple to prepare, and add tasty drama to the table | Martha Holmberg | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Protests that pass the test are promoted through the group’s social media network, while events that seem fishy will be reposted with “do not attend” stamped over the flier.
It was without doubt all very fishy, but Richard left no fingerprints.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab | Clive Irving | July 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Israeli explanation of the Eilat attack seemed fishy from the get-go.
But there are several other elements in the alleged plot that smell fishy.Assassination Plot Against Putin? Russians Are Skeptical. | Anna Nemtsova | February 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Plus, as a politician he knows how fishy this heart mumbo jumbo looks.John Edwards Doctor's Notes Push Back Trial: Is He Really Sick? | Kent Sepkowitz | January 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They were found in a motel room, along with a dead preacher, and there is something awfully fishy about the whole situation.
The east pier, as far as it was dry, was covered by the fashion and beauty—as well as by the fishy and tarry—of the town.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
I don't like the look of this Krell, and his story about all the officers being killed in the explosion sounds fishy to me.The Sargasso of Space | Edmond Hamilton
There's something fishy about this thing somehow, something fishy that includes Maria Fulton and Morley.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
The redness of his face gave signs that he was not far from choking, and out of his fishy eyes there rolled genuine tears.Love in a Cloud | Arlo Bates
It is not a village; it is not more fishy than other towns along the shore; and I have never pitied myself for belonging to it.Thirty Years in Australia | Ada Cambridge
British Dictionary definitions for fishy
of, involving, or suggestive of fish
abounding in fish
informal suspicious, doubtful, or questionable: their leaving at the same time looked fishy
dull and lifeless: a fishy look
- fishily, adverb
- fishiness, noun
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