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fish

  

      n   pl   , fish, fishes  
1   
a    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)  
b    (in combination)  
fishpond         Related adjs       ichthyic       ichthyoid       piscine  
2    any of various similar but jawless vertebrates, such as the hagfish and lamprey  
3    not in technical use   any of various aquatic invertebrates, such as the cuttlefish, jellyfish, and crayfish  
4    the flesh of fish used as food  
5    Informal   a person of little emotion or intelligence  
a poor fish     
6       short for       fishplate  
7      (Also called)    tin fish      an informal word for       torpedo       1  
8    a fine kettle of fish   an awkward situation; mess  
9    drink like a fish   to drink (esp. alcohol) to excess  
10    have other fish to fry   to have other activities to do, esp. more important ones  
11    like a fish out of water   out of one's usual place  
12    neither fish, flesh, nor fowl   neither this nor that  
13    make fish of one and flesh of another     (Irish)   to discriminate unfairly between people  
      vb  
14    intr   to attempt to catch fish, as with a line and hook or with nets, traps, etc.  
15    tr   to fish in (a particular area of water)  
16    to search (a body of water) for something or to search for something, esp. in a body of water  
17    intr; foll by: for   to seek something indirectly  
to fish for compliments        (See also)        fish out  
     (Old English fisc; related to Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fiscs, Russian piskar, Latin piscis)  
  fishable      adj  
  fishlike      adj  


anemone fish  
      n   any of various damselfishes of the genus Amphiprion, such as A. percula (clown anemone fish), that usually live closely associated with sea anemones  
bellows fish  
      n      another name for       snipefish  
big fish  
      n  
Informal  
1    an important or powerful person  
2    a big fish in a small pond   the most important or powerful person in a small group  
bony fish  
      n  
      n   any fish of the class Osteichthyes, including most of the extant species, having a skeleton of bone rather than cartilage  
buffalo fish  
      n   any of several freshwater North American hump-backed cyprinoid fishes of the genus Ictiobus: family Catostomidae (suckers)  
butterfly fish  
      n   any small tropical marine percoid fish of the genera Chaetodon, Chelmon, etc., that has a deep flattened brightly coloured body and brushlike teeth: family Chaetodontidae  
   See also       angelfish       1  
cartilaginous fish  
      n   any fish of the class Chondrichthyes, including the sharks, skates, and rays, having a skeleton composed entirely of cartilage  
climbing fish   , perch  
      n   an Asian labyrinth fish, Anabas testudineus, that resembles a perch and can travel over land on its spiny gill covers and pectoral fins  
coarse fish  
      n   a freshwater fish that is not a member of the salmon family  
   Compare       game fish  
  coarse fishing      n  
cold fish  
      n   an unemotional and unfriendly person  
cutlass fish  
      n     (U.S)   another name for the hairtail (the fish)  
fighting fish  
      n   any of various labyrinth fishes of the genus Betta, esp. the Siamese fighting fish  
fish and chips  
      n   fish fillets coated with batter and deep-fried, eaten with potato chips  
fish-and-chip shop  
      n   (esp. in Britain) a place where fish and chips are cooked and sold  
fish cake  
      n   a fried ball of flaked fish mixed with mashed potatoes  
fish eagle  
      n      another name for the       osprey  
fish flake  
      n     (Canadian)   a platform on which fish are dried  
fish hawk  
      n      another name for the       osprey  
fish-hook  
      n  
1    a sharp hook used in angling, esp. one with a barb  
2      (Logic)   a symbol (<entail>) for entailment  
fish joint  
      n   a connection formed by fishplates at the meeting point of two rails, beams, etc., as on a railway  
fish ladder  
      n   a row of ascending pools or weirs connected by short falls to allow fish to pass barrages or dams  
fish louse  
      n   any small flat rounded crustacean of the subclass Branchiura, having sucking mouth parts: parasites of fish  
fish out  
      vb   tr, adv   to find or extract (something)  
to fish keys out of a pocket     
fish tail  
      n   a step in ballroom dancing in which the feet are quickly crossed  
fly-fish  
      vb   intr     (Angling)   to fish using artificial flies as lures  
   See       dry fly       wet fly  
  fly-fisher      n  
  fly-fishing      n  
flying fish  
      n   any marine teleost fish of the family Exocoetidae, common in warm and tropical seas, having enlarged winglike pectoral fins used for gliding above the surface of the water  
four-eyed fish  
      n   either of two viviparous tropical American freshwater cyprinodont fishes, Anableps anableps or A. microlepis, that swim at the surface of the water and have half of each eye specialized for seeing in air, the other half for seeing in water  
game fish  
      n   any fish providing sport for the angler  
gefilte fish   , gefüllte fish  
      n     (Jewish cookery)   a dish consisting of fish and matzo meal rolled into balls and poached, formerly served stuffed into the skin of a fish  
     (Yiddish, literally: filled fish)  
ice fish  
      n   any percoid fish of the family Chaenichthyidae, of Antarctic seas, having a semitransparent scaleless body  
kettle of fish  
      n  
1    a situation; state of affairs (often used ironically in the phrase a pretty or fine kettle of fish)  
2    case; matter for consideration  
that's quite a different kettle of fish     
labyrinth fish  
      n   any tropical freshwater spiny-finned fish of the family Anabantidae of SE Asia and Africa, having a lunglike respiratory organ  
   See also       anabantid  
lancet fish  
      n   either of two deep-sea teleost fishes, Alepisaurus ferox or A. borealis, having a long body with a long sail-like dorsal fin: family Alepisauridae  
lantern fish  
      n   any small deep-sea teleost fish of the family Myctophidae, having a series of luminescent spots along the body  
lemon fish  
      n      another name for       cobia  
lizard fish  
      n   any small teleost fish of the family Synodontidae, having a slender body and a lizard-like head and living at the bottom of warm seas  
paradise fish  
      n   any of several beautifully coloured labyrinth fishes of the genus Macropodus, esp. M. opercularis, of S and SE Asia  
pilot fish  
      n  
1    a small carangid fish, Naucrates ductor, of tropical and subtropical seas, marked with dark vertical bands: often accompanies sharks and other large fishes  
2    any of various similar or related fishes  
porcupine fish  
      n   any of various plectognath fishes of the genus Diodon and related genera, of temperate and tropical seas, having a body that is covered with sharp spines and can be inflated into a globe: family Diodontidae,   (Also called)    globefish  
queer fish  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   an eccentric or odd person  
rough fish  
      n   a fish that is neither a sport fish nor useful as food or bait for sport fish  
scabbard fish  
      n   any of various marine spiny-finned fishes of the family Trichiuridae, esp. of the genus Lepidopus, having a long whiplike scaleless body and long sharp teeth: most common in warm waters  
scorpion fish  
      n   any of various scorpaenid fishes of the genus Scorpaena and related genera, of temperate and tropical seas, having venomous spines on the dorsal and anal fins  
Siamese fighting fish  
      n   a brightly coloured labyrinth fish, Betta splendens, of Thailand and Malaysia, having large sail-like fins: the males are very pugnacious  
wet fish  
      n  
a    fresh fish as opposed to frozen or cooked fish  
b    (as modifier)  
a wet-fish shop     
white fish  
      n   (in the British fishing industry) any edible marine fish or invertebrate in which the main reserves of fat are in the liver, excluding herring, trout, sprat, mackerel, salmon, and shellfish  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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n.
half woman half fish mythological creature
exp.
[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
adj.
name given to the Great Lakes Storm of 1913
n.
very large collection of digital data, whose analysis allows to predict patterns and behaviours through inductive reasoning
[Tech.] big data can be applied to behavioural retargeting in marketing, but also to predict epidemies through Google searches or analysing DNA
exp.
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
n.
A process by which fish are taken from a weir with the use of a net which is dipped in the water
adv.
very quickly; right now; in a big hurry
[UK][Slang] You should get out quick sticks if you don't want him to see you.
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
exp.
little or no possibility of something to happen
n.
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).
n.
a person who does not care too much about the others, a little rude, assertive
[Fam.]
nm.
acronym of Lunar Module, little vehicle created especially to move on the moon during XXth century 's space conquest.
adv.
very little; very few; said to indicate that something is in a low amount/quantity or insignificant
E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
n.
The practice of restricting the amount of food a person eats (self-imposed starvation seen with anorexia nervosa) in order to consume greater amounts of alcohol or of purging (as seen with bulimia nervosa) to try to reduce caloric intake to offset the calories consumed in alcohol.
[Med.] "Drunkorexic" behaviors most often stem from the fear of weight gain from alcohol.

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