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fish for something

 
1. Lit. to try to catch a particular kind of fish. We are fishing for cod today, but we'll take whatever we get. We will fish for perch from the riverbank.
2. Fig. to seek some kind of information. You could tell the lawyer was fishing for something from the vague way she asked the questions. The telephone caller was fishing for too much information, so I hung up.
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fish for

1. Try to obtain something through artifice or indirectly. For example, He was always fishing for compliments, or, as William Makepeace Thackeray put it in Vanity Fair (1848): "The first woman who fishes for him, hooks him." [Mid-1500s]
2. Search for something, as in I've fished for it in all the drawers. [First half of 1700s]
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fish for

v.
To seek something by or as if by probing: I fished for my blue socks in the top drawer of the dresser. Instead of just fishing for compliments, you should try to get constructive criticism.
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Large fish for most people is 20 pounds or better,'' Haines says.
Both have been fishing on the pier a few times a week for nearly 18 years, each time hoping to take home a sack of tasty fish for dinner.
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It's not legal or sporting to fish for them, though they do tend to frustrate anglers having a slow day.
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On the way back to the mainland, we fish for roosterfish.
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They played the fish for 67 minutes before they lost it.
It's one of the few places where you can fish for wild ocean fish and almost be guaranteed to catch one.
You can book a guided trip to fish for Hawaii's peacock bass or saltwater species.
However, the area immediately downstream of the dam site had reduced populations of river fish for up to 3 years after dam removal--presumably from the effects of released sediment, Hart says.
If this trend continues, the FAO foresees a shortfall of some 30 million tons of fish for human diets by the year 2000 - at a time when the planet's population is rising by about 100 million people annually.
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