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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

skin an eel by the tail

To do something in an ill-advised way. Why are you skinning an eel by the tail? You know you can't back out of the driveway until you clear all that snow out of the way!
See also: eel, skin, tail

be as slippery as an eel

To be devious, scheming, and untrustworthy—and difficult to apprehend. Of course that guy took everyone's money and left town—he's as slippery as an eel!
See also: eel, slippery

*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

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

slippery as an eel

1. If someone is as slippery as an eel, they are difficult to catch or take hold of. When his opponent is on the attack, he is as slippery as an eel.
2. If someone is as slippery as an eel, they are clever and able to think quickly, but you cannot trust them. He was as clever as a fox and as slippery as an eel. Note: You can also describe someone as a slippery eel. He himself admits that he is regarded as a slippery eel — a man who constantly changes his mind.
See also: eel, slippery

(as) slippery as an ˈeel

(informal) dishonest and good at not answering questions, etc: The man the police want to talk to is slippery as an eel, and has so far escaped arrest. OPPOSITE: (as) straight as a die (2)
See also: eel, slippery
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Each bright orange tag needed to be recovered by those who found the eels for the data to be analysed.
I got an email saying, 'two physical oceanographers want to know something about eels,' " said WHOI biologist Joel Llopiz.
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The eels are expected to disperse throughout the Teme and surrounding rivers, to grow and develop over the next 15 or 20 years.
The eel is critically endangered and the member states are doing too little to save it.
The current eel management plan has failed," notes Lovin, referring to the latest scientific data on the state of eel stocks.
TRADITIONAL eel fishing in Wales could be put at risk by proposals being considered by the European Parliament, according to Welsh Conservative MEP Kay Swinburne.
Dembeck's boyhood on the upper Delaware and his love of the outdoors led him to pursue a career in freshwater ecology and fisheries, with a focus on the American eel (Anguilla rostrata).
Under the deal, EEL will buy all of Hemma, including the 11% owned by Hemma independent retailers, for SEK1,000 (USD153/EUR111), subject to competition clearance in Sweden, the vendor said in a statement.
What many people don't realize, however, is that eel was likely also on the menu at that first Thanksgiving dinner, and would have had special significance to those colonists.
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The eel haul during the River Wear event is the biggest catch since the agency in the North East began tracking fish populations in this way in 2004.