fish around

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?
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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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Initial hopes for the search that it would be quick as the firefighters were friends since college and fish around the area regularly.
Craig Angus fished a day session using either black buzzers or a black cats whiskers and he was well chuffed with his return of 10 fish, especially as he had three fish around the 5lb mark and one of 7lb among them.
Panukulan is known for the abundance of fish around its coastal areas.
But there is no fish around Pag-asa, according to a senior security official who asked not to be named, as the corals in the surrounding waters of Sandy Cay are dead.
Others who fish around here and Kep province can only catch up to 5kg at the same time,' he said.
'When we could still freely fish around the shoal, we could easily earn P30,000 each.
Addressing the concerns of stakeholders that the closure should have been limited to certain categories of vessels such as the large ones, she said the purpose for the closure would be defeated in that case, since large harvesting of fish around that period would still deplete the reproductive stock.
There are plenty of fish around and usually the winds are calm.
Taiping police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Taib said the trio had headed out to sea on a fibreglass boat to fish around the waters of Kuala Sangga.
Some anglers have made the most of the storm by scouring the beaches collecting razor fish, clams and in some areas ragworm and lugworm - an easy way to collect bait but when the sea dropped there were few fish around to catch.
These include the Al Wakrah fish market in the Al Wakrah old souq, Al Khor and Al Shamal fish market, Doha Corniche fish stalls and the various outlets that sell fish around the country in shopping malls and other places.
The colder nights have pushed the fish further out and a number of anglers have reported taking fish around the 40m mark.
Very few codling have shown from the open rocky shoreline with only the odd fish around 2lb
Joe Amador says in a report by U-T San Diego that the animal lunged over a railing on the boat and latched onto his hand and the fish around 4 p.m.
THE boss of Poundland believes its PS55 million takeover of 99p Stores will make the smaller chain more efficient as customers would no longer have to wait for cashiers to fish around for a penny change.