kettle of fish

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kettle of fish

1. Also, a fine or pretty kettle of fish . An unpleasant or messy predicament, as in They haven't spoken in years, and they're assigned to adjoining seats-that's a fine kettle of fish . This term alludes to the Scottish riverside picnic called kettle of fish, where freshly caught salmon were boiled and eaten out of hand. [Early 1700s]
2. a different or another kettle of fish . A very different matter or issue, not necessarily a bad one. For example, They're paying for the meal? That's a different kettle of fish. [First half of 1900s]
See also: fish, kettle, of
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But the Grimscar Valley project is another kettle of fish.
We had a strategy that worked well but against France it'll be another kettle of fish.
But writing a love story is another kettle of fish entirely and it was a mistake for Cameron to have done it himself.