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be a different 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 different kettle of fish altogether." I suppose we could start looking at buying a house now that our baby is on the way, but that's an entirely different kettle of fish!
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a different kettle of fish

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another kettle of fish

BRITISH
COMMON You say that something is a different kettle of fish or another kettle of fish to emphasize that it is completely unlike another thing that you are mentioning. Artistic integrity? Who needs it? Money? Now that's a completely different kettle of fish. Howard was a sweetheart. But Clarisse was another kettle of fish.
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a different kettle of fish

a completely different matter or type of person from the one previously mentioned. informal
1993 Empire Meryl is the finest actress of her generation but Arnold is, er, a different kettle of fish.
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a different kettle of ˈfish

(informal) a person or thing that is completely different from somebody/something else previously mentioned: You may be able to read French well, but speaking it fluently is a different kettle of fish entirely.
A kettle in this idiom is a pan in which you can cook a whole fish.
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Now designer dogs - hmm, different kettle of fish altogether.
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Unfortunately when one's eyes move to ground level it is a different kettle of fish.
A Different Kettle of Fish gives a fascinating and helpful insight into the perplexities of everyday existence for people on the autistic spectrum.
David said: "Each mill has its own particular identity but Wern Mill is a different kettle of fish completely.
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Wales hardly needed to get out of first gear to beat the French and McBryde admits today's game is a totally different kettle of fish.
They may do that on services operated by Go North East, but Arriva are a different kettle of fish.
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