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Post  Vincent Law on Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:16 pm

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".
Chinese Proverb

So, folks, are you still swimming with us? Or did you keep getting egg on your face? The world's an ocean, and this time we'll work with fish.

- sounds fishy:
When something sounds fishy to you, you find it hard to believe that it is true.
Ex: "He said he just came back from Jamaica, but it sounded rather fishy to me."

- a big fish in a small pond:
This refers to someone who is important or powerful only in the company of mediocre people, or in a smaller group, and under different circumstances, they wouldn't be so.
Ex: "Jack behaves like a big shot, but really, being a manager of this small branch, he's just a big fish in a small pond."

- a cold fish:
Refers to someone who is unfriendly.
Ex: "The new girl in the office is a bit of a cold fish, isn't she? I'm not sure if she's shy or arrogant..."

- drink like a fish:
If you drink like a fish, you drink often, and in large quantities.

- a fish out of water:
When you feel like a fish out of water, you are in an unfamiliar situation, and you feel awkward.
Ex: "I was the only one who didn't speak Chinese at the table, so I felt like a fish out of water."

- have bigger/other fish to fry:

You use this expression to say that you have more important things to do.
Ex: "I've got to rush off now, John; I've got a lot more fish to fry today."

- neither fish nor fowl:
This is used to refer to something you cannot categorise easily.
Ex: "We just stood there and stared when that strange animal appeared out of the blue. It was neither fish nor fowl!"

- there are plenty more fish in the sea:

You say this when you want to encourage someone who's just had a bad experience, such as losing a job or breaking up with their partner, and it means that there are more opportunities out there.
Ex: "I didn't know what to say to Suzie when she told me her boyfriend had left her, except that there are plenty more fish in the sea."

- a different kettle of fish:
This is not to be confused with a fine kettle of fish (see below) and means something that is completely different to what you were previously talking about.
Ex: "Joanne is very loud and boisterous, but her sister, Jenny, is a different kettle of fish!"

- a fine kettle of fish:
Don't confuse this with the above. This is used to talk about a situation that is rather unpleasant.
Ex: "I've got a plane to catch in a couple of hours and I can't find my passport! A fine kettle of fish, this is!"

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