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be sleeping with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be sleeping with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, sleep

be swimming with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. (A less common variant of "be sleeping with the fishes.") Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be swimming with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, swimming

feed the fishes

slang To drown. Primarily heard in UK. We've got a search party out there right now, but I'm getting more and more worried about some of our guys feeding the fishes. If you can't swim, it's only a matter of time till you feed the fishes!
See also: feed, Fishes

loaves and fishes

Tangible benefits or rewards, especially when they serve as one's motivation for action. The phrase refers to the Bible story in which Jesus blesses a small amount of fish and loaves of bread, resulting in the disciples having enough food to distribute to thousands of people. Paul hasn't helped us with this project at all, but you know he'll be there for the loaves and fishes if we win the contest!
See also: and, Fishes

sleep with the fishes

gangster cliché To be murdered and have one's body disposed of in a river, lake, or ocean. Don't worry, boss, that no-good snitch will be sleeping with the fishes before sunrise.
See also: Fishes, sleep

fish for compliments

To attempt to elicit praise from someone, typically by saying negative things about oneself. We know you're a smart kind, Dan. You don't need to fish for compliments by talking about the one C you got. Tara's always fishing for compliments by talking about how she couldn't get her hair the way she wanted it.
See also: compliment, fish

fish around

1. To grope around for something with one's hands. I'm fishing around under the couch, but I don't think your phone is down here, Mom!
2. To pursue something indirectly, often compliments, as by saying negative things about oneself. Quit fishing around for compliments—we all liked your performance, OK?
See also: around, fish

fish for (something)

1. Literally, to seek a particular kind of fish while fishing. I heard we're fishing for salmon today.
2. To grope around for something with one's hands. I'm fishing for your phone under the couch, but I don't think it's down here, Mom!
3. To pursue something indirectly, often compliments, as by saying negative things about oneself. Quit fishing for compliments—we all liked your performance, OK?
See also: fish

fish in troubled waters

To try to capitalize on or benefit from a situation, circumstance, or experience that is fraught with disorder, difficulty, confusion, stress, etc. No one really thought about the money lenders who were making cash hand over fist during the recession, fishing in the troubled waters many homeowners and small businesses found themselves in.
See also: fish, trouble, water

fish out

1. To find and retrieve something. It took me a minute to fish my keys out of my bag.
2. To be completely empty of fish, as of a body of water where fishing is common. We won't catch anything here if it's already fished out.
See also: fish, out

fish in troubled waters

Fig. to involve oneself in a difficult, confused, or dangerous situation, especially with a view to gaining an advantage. Frank is fishing in troubled waters by buying more shares of that company. They are supposed to be in financial difficulties. The company could make more money by selling armaments abroad, but they would be fishing in troubled waters.
See also: fish, trouble, water

fish in troubled waters

Try to take advantage of a confused situation. For example, He often buys up stock in companies declaring bankruptcy; fishing in troubled waters generally pays off . This term, first recorded in 1568, expresses the even older notion that fish bite more readily when seas are rough.
See also: fish, trouble, water

fish out

1. Also, fish up. Discover and retrieve something from a pile or store. For example, She finally fished out the right letter from the files, or He fished up a scandal for the paper to run in the early edition. This usage likens pulling fish from the sea to finding something. [Mid-1600s]
2. Deplete the fish in a body of water by fishing, as in This stream is completely fished out.
See also: fish, out

fish in troubled waters

If you fish in troubled waters, you try to get an advantage by getting involved in someone else's problems. We must be careful not to appear to be fishing in troubled waters.
See also: fish, trouble, water

feed the fishes

1 be dead from drowning. 2 vomit over the side of a boat. informal
See also: feed, Fishes

fish in troubled waters

make a profit out of trouble or upheaval.
See also: fish, trouble, water

loaves and fishes

personal profit as a motive for religious profession or public service.
This idiom developed from a biblical passage in John 6:26: ‘Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled’.
See also: and, Fishes

fish for compliments

encourage somebody indirectly to say nice things about you: Stop asking me if you look OK. You’re just fishing for compliments.
See also: compliment, fish

fish around

v.
To seek within some place by or as if by probing: She was fishing around in her pocket for a quarter. He fished around for compliments after the meeting.
See also: around, fish
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The seals tear you up, but I've had days when I catch 20 fish,'; said Kris Hirata of Loma Linda, who regularly fly fishes at King's Harbor.
Moreover, they say, "the global ocean has lost more than 90 percent of large predatory fishes.
No California fishing license is required, so a family that only fishes occasionally can save that expense.
All this care results in a fishery that attracts fly fishermen from around the world and that fishes consistently throughout the year, according to Breer.
Taiwan, Australia, Korea, France, Italy, Israel, England, China, Cuba, Kuwait and other countries have experimented with artificial reefs and "fish aggregation devices," which are supported by piers or buoys to attract fishes at midlevel depths, according to Stone.
Photo: (1 -- color) Jimmy Toy of Westlake Village fishes Hot Creek at Mammoth Lakes in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
3) Jimmy Toy fishes an Upper Sacramento River that is recovering from a 1991 ecological disaster that killed one million fish.
Aaron doesn't realize how talented he really is,'' said one fisherman who fishes all the Western Invitationals.
Besides, when a friend fishes with a simple lure and I use flashers, he seems to always catch more fish.
The 42-year-old physical therapist from Palmdale, who usually fishes off the pier in Port Hueneme, where a license is not required, said he would have thrown the fish back anyway.