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every eel hopes to become a whale

A phrase highlighting one's ambition. Just like every eel hopes to become a whale, I dream of becoming the CEO one day.
See also: become, eel, every, hope, whale

hold an eel by the tail

To try to engage or somehow detain an elusive person or thing. Trying to get in touch with my insurance company is like trying to holding an eel by the tail—I can never get through to a live person! Every time we try to pin charges on the mob boss, it's as hard as holding an eel by the tail because he somehow weasels his way out of them!
See also: eel, hold, tail

*slippery as an eel

devious and untrustworthy, but impossible to catch. (*Also: as ~.) Don't sign a lease with that landlord; I think he's as slippery as an eel. The con artist was slippery as an eel. Although he defrauded many people, he never went to prison.
See also: eel, slippery

be as slippery as an eel

someone who is as slippery as an eel cannot be trusted
Usage notes: An eel is a long fish which has a body like a snake.
You'd be mad to go into business with him. He's as slippery as an eel.
See also: eel, slippery

slippery as an eel

Elusive, devious, as in When it comes to talking about his investments, Jim's slippery as an eel. This simile, first recorded about 1412, alludes to the eel's skin, which has tiny scales and is quite slippery when wet.
See also: eel, slippery
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Eels are using electricity like a venom, Catania says.
Eels are known to cross short distances of land between water sources but Surf Snowdonia believe the most likely explanation would be that they entered the water in a holding bay between the hydro-electric plant and the lagoon.
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development and distribution of information booklets on EEL for students;
When eels arrive in our rivers during spring they are two years old and look like strands of glass.
American eels are a host fish for eastern elliptio freshwater mussels, which make up the greatest animal biomass in the river and function rather like the river's kidneys-filtering the water and maintaining its quality and clarity.
But because eels are quite slippery, its body worked as a lubricant and got into the penis smoothly," he stated.
Last year, fisheries officers carried out survey work on the River Wear at Finchale Priory and caught around 200 eels in a 100m stretch of the river.
While Koike has admitted to the allegations, Ishihara has denied them, saying he never asked for the eels to be repackaged, the police said, adding the other four suspects have denied the allegations.
To serve: In frying pan, melt butter and saute bacon until crispy Drain bacon on paper towels and ado eel fillet to pan Saute until heated through.
Because it's the traditional Japanese cuisine that comes up with an antidote to high summer temperature levels, even in the Gulf: Eel, or, in Japanese, "unagi".
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THE EUROPEAN Commission has decided to open a 2006 quota of 300,000 tonnes for sand eel catches in the North Sea and Skagerrak, limiting the number of days at sea for EU vessels to the level of 2003.
With a prime example of the necessity for marketers to localize marketing plans, the Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo) is reporting that this year, prices for eel have sent consumers reeling.
Plastic Man made his debut way back in 1941 (Police Comics #1), when gangster Eel O'Brien is splashed with an acid that gives his skin the consistency of butter taffy.