Idioms

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

fiche fish
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British Dictionary definitions for other fish to fry (1 of 2)

FISH

/ (fɪʃ) /

n acronym for

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

British Dictionary definitions for other fish to fry (2 of 2)

fish

/ (fɪʃ) /

noun plural fish or fishes

verb

See also fish out

Derived Forms

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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Science definitions for other fish to fry

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 other fish to fry (1 of 2)

other fish to fry


Also, better or bigger fish to fry. More important matters to attend to, as in They asked me to help with the decorations, but I have other fish to fry. [Mid-1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with other fish to fry (2 of 2)

fish


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

also see:

  • 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
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