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be sleeping with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be sleeping with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, sleep

be swimming with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. (A less common variant of "be sleeping with the fishes.") Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be swimming with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, swimming

feed the fishes

slang To drown. Primarily heard in UK. We've got a search party out there right now, but I'm getting more and more worried about some of our guys feeding the fishes. If you can't swim, it's only a matter of time till you feed the fishes!
See also: feed, Fishes

loaves and fishes

Tangible benefits or rewards, especially when they serve as one's motivation for action. The phrase refers to the Bible story in which Jesus blesses a small amount of fish and loaves of bread, resulting in the disciples having enough food to distribute to thousands of people. Paul hasn't helped us with this project at all, but you know he'll be there for the loaves and fishes if we win the contest!
See also: and, Fishes
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I'm sure an ichthyologist would correct me about what it is that goes into a given fish's ability to fight--bone structure, musculature, fin height and width, and such--but, in the same way that I don't want an astronomer to remind me that the constellation Pisces is a projection of man's imagination onto a random grouping of distant galaxies, I like to keep my illusions about the fishes intact.
Professor Smith is credited with identifying 370 fishes new to science, authoring nine books, publishing more than 200 scientific papers and penning more than 400 articles.
The assumption that fishes feel pain is an anthropocentric interpretation of reactions by fish to stimuli that would produce pain in humans, according to Rose, who added there is no scientifically valid evidence to support the assumption that fish think like humans.
Commercial fishing is generating a "Darwinian debt," in the form of less valuable fishes, that could take generations to pay off, says Ulf Dieckmann of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.
1 -- color) A float-tube angler fishes at Owens River Ranch in the Eastern Sierra, where one can find trophy-sized Alpers trout.
He collected fishes during the year before each dam was removed and continued for 2 to 5 years.
The seals tear you up, but I've had days when I catch 20 fish,'; said Kris Hirata of Loma Linda, who regularly fly fishes at King's Harbor.
Moreover, they say, "the global ocean has lost more than 90 percent of large predatory fishes.
No California fishing license is required, so a family that only fishes occasionally can save that expense.
All this care results in a fishery that attracts fly fishermen from around the world and that fishes consistently throughout the year, according to Breer.
Taiwan, Australia, Korea, France, Italy, Israel, England, China, Cuba, Kuwait and other countries have experimented with artificial reefs and "fish aggregation devices," which are supported by piers or buoys to attract fishes at midlevel depths, according to Stone.
Photo: (1 -- color) Jimmy Toy of Westlake Village fishes Hot Creek at Mammoth Lakes in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
3) Jimmy Toy fishes an Upper Sacramento River that is recovering from a 1991 ecological disaster that killed one million fish.
Aaron doesn't realize how talented he really is,'' said one fisherman who fishes all the Western Invitationals.