- the occupation of catching fish
- (as modifier): a fishing match
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the technique, occupation, or sport of catching fish:to go fishing.
- the act of catching fish.
- the technique, occupation, or diversion of catching fish.
- a place or facility for catching fish.
- Middle English fisshing. See fish, -ing1 1250–1300
- Fish[countable] a cold-blooded animal living in water, having gills, fins, and usually a long body covered with scales.
- Fish the flesh of a fish used as food:[uncountable]a recipe for fish with potatoes.
- to go fishing (for): [~ + object]to fish trout.[no object]I was fishing all day.[~ + for + object]fishing for salmon.
- to draw or pull out as if fishing:[~ + object (+ out of + object)]He fished a coin out of his pocket.
- to seek to obtain something indirectly:[~ + for + object]fishing for a compliment.
- Idiomsfish out of water, a person who feels out of place:felt like a fish out of water in the big city.
- Fishany of various cold-blooded, aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body covered with scales.
- Fish(loosely) any of various other aquatic animals.
- Fishthe flesh of fishes used as food.
- Astronomy, AstrologyFishes, the constellation or sign of Pisces.
- Informal Termsa person:an odd fish; a poor fish.
- a long strip of wood, iron, etc., used to strengthen a mast, joint, etc.
- Games[Cards Slang.]an incompetent player whose incompetence can be exploited.
- Slang Termsa dollar:He sold the car for 500 fish.
- Slang Termsa new prison inmate.
- Idiomsdrink like a fish, to drink alcoholic beverages to excess:Nobody invites him out because he drinks like a fish.
- Idiomsfish out of water, a person out of his or her proper or accustomed environment:He felt like a fish out of water in an academic atmosphere.
- Idiomsneither fish nor fowl, having no specific character or conviction;
neither one nor the other.
- Idiomsother fish to fry, other matters requiring attention:When it was time to act, they had other fish to fry.
- to catch or attempt to catch (any species of fish or the like).
- to try to catch fish in (a stream, lake, etc.):Let's fish the creek.
- to draw, as by fishing (often fol. by up or out):He fished a coin out of his pocket for the boy.
- to search through, as by fishing.
- Naval Termsto secure (an anchor) by raising the flukes.
- Naval Termsto reinforce (a mast or other spar) by fastening a spar, batten, metal bar, or the like, lengthwise over a weak place.
- to catch or attempt to catch fish, as by angling or drawing a net.
- to search carefully:He fished through all his pockets but his wallet was gone.
- to seek to obtain something indirectly or by artifice:to fish for compliments; to fish for information.
- to search for or attempt to catch onto something under water, in mud, etc., by the use of a dredge, rake, hook, or the like.
- Miningto attempt to recover detached tools or other loose objects from an oil or gas well.
- Idiomsfish in troubled waters, to take advantage of troubled or uncertain conditions for personal profit.
- Idiomsfish or cut bait, to choose a definite course of action, esp. to decide whether to participate in or retreat from an activity.
- fish out, to deplete (a lake, stream, etc.) of fish by fishing.
- bef. 900; (noun, nominal) 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; (verb, verbal) Middle English fishen, Old English fiscian, cognate with Dutch visschen, German fischen, Old Norse fiska, Gothic fiskôn
Fish (fish),USA pronunciation n.
- BiographicalHamilton, 1808–93, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1869–77.
- any of a large group of cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates having jaws, gills, and usually fins and a skin covered in scales: includes the sharks and rays (class Chondrichthyes: cartilaginous fishes) and the teleosts, lungfish, etc (class Osteichthyes: bony fishes)
- (in combination): fishpondRelated adjective(s): piscine
- any of various similar but jawless vertebrates, such as the hagfish and lamprey
- (not in technical use) any of various aquatic invertebrates, such as the cuttlefish, jellyfish, and crayfish
- the flesh of fish used as food
- informal a person of little emotion or intelligence: a poor fish
- short for fishplate
- Also called: tin fish
an informal word for torpedo
- a fine kettle of fish ⇒ an awkward situation; mess
- drink like a fish ⇒ to drink (esp alcohol) to excess
- have other fish to fry ⇒ to have other activities to do, esp more important ones
- like a fish out of water ⇒ out of one's usual place
- make fish of one and flesh of another ⇒ Irish to discriminate unfairly between people
- neither fish, flesh, nor fowl ⇒ neither this nor that
- (intransitive) to attempt to catch fish, as with a line and hook or with nets, traps, etc
- (transitive) to fish in (a particular area of water)
- to search (a body of water) for something or to search for something, esp in a body of water
- (intransitive) followed by for: to seek something indirectly: to fish for compliments
See also fish outEtymology: Old English fisc; related to Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fiscs, Russian piskar, Latin piscis