[Phrases] Fish In Troubled Waters

Hey guys! Welcome to [Phrases] today!

Literally, the meaning of this phrase is something to describe fish and water.

The actual meaning is that try to take advantage of a confused situation.

There are some other interesting phrases about “fish”. Follow me to learn about them!


1. as easy as shooting fish in a barrel

Some task or activity, exceptionally easy to do or accomplish.

It should have been as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, but convincing them to increase their investment is proving a lot trickier than we expected.

Picking personal flaws of the president to mock in your comedy routing is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

2. don’t cry stinking fish

Don’t undermine your own efforts or put yourself down.

A: “And I’m awful at doing reports.”

B: “Come on, buddy, don’t cry stinking fish! You’re so talented and have so much to offer the companyโ€”don’t put yourself down!”

3. like a fish out of water

To feel uncomfortable in a new environment.

When Carla transferred to a new school, she was like a fish out of water because she didn’t know anyone there.

Marie was like a fish out of water when she assumed a manger position at the company where she had worked as a clerk for so long.

4. be a whole other kettle of fish

To be entirely different in scope or description from someone or something that was just being discussed.

Steve: “So you like your first two roommates, but what about your third one?” Joe: “William? Oh, he‘s a whole other kettle of fish.

I suppose we could start looking at buying a house now that our baby is on the way, but that‘s a whole other kettle of fish!

5. have other fish to fry

To have more important or more interesting things to do or attend to.

I hope the boss keeps this meeting shortโ€”we all have other fish to fry.

Tony comes and goes. He’s got his own fish to fry, as they say.


That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases that you like! That will help you to remember them.

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