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(Cookery) a food item popular in Asia, consisting of a ball made from flaked fish and varying other ingredients
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كُتْلَة من لحم السَّمَك
rybí karbanátek
rybia fašírka
balık köftesi


(fiʃ) nounplurals fish (rare) ˈfishes
1. a kind of creature that lives in water and breathes through gills. There are plenty of fish around the coast.
2. its flesh eaten as food. Do you prefer meat or fish?
1. to (try to) catch fish (in). She likes fishing; He fished the river all day.
2. (usually with for) to search for. She fished around in her handbag for a handkerchief.
3. (usually with for) to try to get by indirect means. He is always fishing for compliments.
ˈfishy adjective
1. of or like a fish. a fishy smell.
2. odd or suspicious. There's something fishy about that man.
ˈfishball noun
mashed fish shaped into a ball and cooked.
ˈfisherman noun
a person who fishes either as a job or as a hobby.
ˈfish farm noun
an area of fresh water for breeding fish as a business.
fish farmer
a person who breeds fish.
ˈfish hatchery noun
a place for hatching fish eggs.
ˈfishing-line noun
a fine strong thread, now usually made of nylon, used with a rod, hooks etc for catching fish.
ˈfishing-rod noun
a long thin flexible rod used with a fishing-line and hooks etc for catching fish.
fish merchant
a fishmonger.
ˈfishmonger noun
1. a person who sells fish.
2. a shop that sells mainly fish. I must go down to the fishmonger.
feel like a fish out of water
to feel uncomfortable or out of place in a situation.
fish out
to pull something out with some difficulty. At last he fished out the letter he was looking for.

The plural fish is never wrong, but sometimes fishes is used in talking about different individuals or species: How many fish did you catch? ; the fishes of the Indian Ocean ; the story of two little fishes .
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References in classic literature ?
Will you have hash or fishballs for breakfast?" asked Hannah, who wisely mingled poetry and prose.
In fact, this hidden part of our economy is all around-from fishball vendors to jeepney and tricycle drivers, from vulcanizing shops to bottle collectors.
A Twitter user asked Paulo, "aside from motorsports and online gaming, do you play any ball games?" "Tusok tusok fishball lang eh," the "Goyo" star answered.
Wong and fellow activist Alan Li took part in Hong Kong's so-called "Fishball Revolution" of 2016 which saw the city's worst violence for decades, leaving scores of people injured and dozens arrested.
Fried fishball hawker and association committee member Chin Kwek Keong, 52, said the faction's conduct is why 'we cannot have nice things.'
Hong Kong's biggest riot of recent years--humorously dubbed the Fishball Revolution--took place in February 2016 when activists rose up against a police crackdown on illegal street food vendors during the Lunar New Year, a time when hawkers usually come out to sell street food (including the ubiquitous fishballs, as emblematic a Hong Kong foodstuff as there could be) until early morning.
At one end, a curried fishball stall serves up the cityas most iconic street snack.
Atiq had fishball soup served with rice noodles, perfect for those who don't really want a big meal (he was raring to go back to the gym on the night he joined me).
Jimmy also goes on to say: One Meatball is based on a version of the song The Lone Fishball. Josh White, Dave Van Ronk, Burl Ives have all sang and made a recording of the song, to name a few."
Dissolve to 1972, and Fan is a 17-year-old (Shawn Yu) selling sugarcane sticks outside the same cinema with his buddy, Fishball Ming (Wong You-nam).
When the mackerel formed a tight "huddle," the sailfish slashed their way into the fishball to eat their prey.