better fish to fry

better fish to fry

More important things to do. This way of saying that you don't want to waste your time with something (or someone) goes back to 17th-century England. Its French equivalent is “other dogs to whip.” Variations are “other fish to fry” and “better fish to fry.”
See also: better, fish, fry
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These youngsters have better fish to fry than to go out rioting and looting.
They've got bigger and better fish to fry like Terry's obsession with Janine, Phil driving Lisa to alchoholism and Peggy's battle with depression and pills.