kettle of fish


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kettle of fish

n. pl. kettles of fish
1. A troublesomely awkward or embarrassing situation.
2. A matter to be reckoned with: Making money and keeping it are two quite different kettles of fish.

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.

ket′tle of fish′


n.
1. an awkward, difficult, or bad situation; muddle; mess.
2. a state of affairs; matter under consideration: This new proposal is a different kettle of fish altogether.
[1735–45]

kettle of fish

- Meaning "mess, muddle," the phrase is from "a pretty kettle of fish," a corruption of "kiddle of fish," in which a kiddle is a basket set in the opening of a weir for catching fish.
See also related terms for mess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kettle of fish - informal terms for a difficult situationkettle of fish - informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
dog's breakfast, dog's dinner - a poor job; a mess; "they made a real dog's breakfast of that job"
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