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neither fish, flesh, nor fowl

Neither one thing nor another; not belonging to any suitable class or description; not recognizable or characteristic of any one particular thing. We require a solution that directly deals with the issue at hand, but what the chancellor has put forward is, to my mind, neither fish, flesh nor fowl.
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run foul of (someone or something)

To be in severe disagreement, trouble, or difficulty with someone or something; to be at odds with someone or something, especially due to disobeying rules or laws. Always look into the laws of any place you visit, or you may end up unwittingly running foul of the local police. Ms. Banks has run foul of this university for the last time. She is no longer welcome here!
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neither fish nor fowl

Cliché not any recognizable thing. The car that they drove up in was neither fish nor fowl. It must have been made out of spare parts. This proposal is neither fish nor fowl. I can't tell what you're proposing.
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be neither fish nor fowl

if something is neither fish nor fowl, it is difficult to describe or understand because it is like one thing in some ways but like another thing in other ways The hovercraft has always suffered from the fact that it is neither fish nor fowl.
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neither fish nor fowl

Also, neither fish nor flesh; neither fish, flesh, nor fowl. Not one or the other, not something fitting any category under discussion. For example, They felt he was neither fish nor fowl-not qualified to lead the department, yet not appropriate to work as a staff member either . This expression appeared in slightly different form in John Heywood's 1546 proverb collection ("Neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring") and is thought to allude to food for monks ( fish, because they abstained from meat), for the people ( flesh, or meat), and for the poor ( red herring, a very cheap fish).
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neither fish nor fowl

Having no specific characteristics; indefinite.
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neither fish nor fowl

Having no specific characteristics or category, not easily characterized. The phrase, which was originally “neither fish nor flesh nor fowl,” appeared in slightly different form in a 16th-century collection of proverbs as “neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring”: fish for monks who ate no meat, flesh for people who could afford meat, and cheap herring for the poor. The phrase is reminiscent of the old riddle: What is neither fish nor flesh, feathers nor bone/but still has fingers and thumbs of its own? Answer: a glove.
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Fowler joined Cardiff City last summer, but suffered a series of injuries and was eventually sent to America for a hip operation.
The romantic in me says that Fowler owed a loyalty to Cardiff City, Dave Jones, Peter Ridsdale and Bluebirds fans, each of whom wanted to see a better return on the reported pounds 20,000-plus a week he was on last season.
Fowler stopped the sheriff's deputy and quickly told him about what had occurred.
But to keep the joint moving and to help stop the build-up of scar tissue, Fowler brought back a Continued Passive Movement (CPM) machine from America to his Vale of Glamorgan home to aid his recovery.
Wick Fowler began assembling his chili packets as gifts for friends, but local retailers began putting in orders.
Bet Direct - R Fowler league goals in 2007-08 season: 5-6 over 10.
The NFL owners will be looking at Fowler and his partners under a microscope between now and the time the deal is finalized, one black former NFL player told BLACK ENTERPRISE.
In light of the different sets of data presented by Fowler and Hobbs (2003) and by Hopfenberg (2003), perhaps it is a misnomer for Hobbs and Fowler (2004) to uniformly describe the many, complicated ways humanity is changing the natural world as an "unprecedented success.
Domingues enables Fowler to meet Monsieur Heng, a Vietnamese Communist who ultimately asks Fowler to take a stand ("Sooner or later," Heng says to Fowler, "One has to take sides.
City manager Kevin Keegan was strongly linked with a move for Fowler, aged 27, during the weekend and is closer to acquiring his man and creating an exciting strike pairing of Fowler and Nicolas Anelka.
City boss Kevin Keegan was strongly linked with a move for 27-year-old Fowler over the weekend and is now closer to landing his man and creating an exciting strike pairing of Fowler and Nicolas Anelka.
LEEDS striker Robbie Fowler has admitted a training-ground bust-up with Phil Thompson and a misunderstanding with Gerard Houllier led to him deciding to leave Anfield.
ROBBIE Fowler duly completed his pounds 11million transfer from Liverpool to Leeds last night, and then declared: "I can win the Premiership at Elland Road this season.
What we are really doing is a lot of R&D," says Gerald Fowler, the Carlisle superintendent, noting that hardware purchases are not where most of the money is going and most new programs are starting small.
ROBBIE Fowler will apologise to Phil Thompson and Gerard Houllier today in a desperate attempt to save his Liverpool career.