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fish

1. slang An unitelligent, incompetent, or bumbling person. We thought he was going to really take charge and lead the project in exciting new directions, but he turned out to be a bit of a fish in the end. You fish! How'd you screw this report up so bad?
2. slang An inept or inexperienced poker player. An allusion to the term "shark," meaning a player who is very skilled and ruthless. He let them get cocky and think he was a fish for the first few hands, before taking them for all they were worth by the end of the night.
3. noun, slang A newly arrived prison inmate, typically when seen as naïve to prison life. A: "Who's going to show the fresh fish to his cell?" B: "I will. Follow me, bub."
4. interjection, rude slang A substitution for "fuck," used as an exclamation of anger, indignation, irritation, or exasperation. A: "Fish!" B: "What happened?" A: "I dropped my plate and it smashed on the ground!" The motor just burnt out on this mower again! Oh, fish!
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fish

n. a stupid and inept person. (Derogatory.) The guy’s a fish. He can’t do anything right.
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CLEADON SAC (30 fished, four weighed in): 1 Mark Shotton (two fish from Tynemouth pier, 1lb 10oz inc HSF of 1lb), 2 Alan Healey (one fish, Roker pier, 14 oz), 3 Neil Cutler (one fish, South Shields pier, 12oz), 4 Ray Edmunds (one fish, Tyne, 9oz).
All these species have been intensively fished and many have shared the sad fate of their cousin, the cod.
Almost invariably, the biggest species--such as tuna, sharks, and cod--in heavily fished areas have been the first to plummet, notes Ransom A.
Nora Poullion, chef of Washington, D.C.'s Nora and Asia Nora, says, "My fish purveyor was starting to offer me smaller and smaller swordfish from the North Atlantic, and I realized that we had already fished out the adults and were now consuming the teenagers." The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that the average swordfish caught in the 1960s weighed 266 pounds; today, they're lucky to top 90.
HOWDON AC (Five rods fished at Newton, three weighed in): 1 Lawrie Hall (two fish, 9lb 6oz inc HSF of 5lb 14oz), 2 Paul Jobson (one fish, 2lb 12oz), 3 Billy Office (one fish, 2lb 7oz).
"This situation is globally non-sustainable and major ecological and economic damage is already visible." Indeed, nine of the world's 17 major fishing grounds are in serious decline, and four have been commercially "fished out." 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.
Thirty-nine fished this competition and seven weighed in 14 fish.
The team reports that, on deep reefs, the biomass of commercially fished yellowtail snapper in the mangrove-rich areas is double that in the mangrove-poor areas.
The club's next competition is being fished in conjunction with the Bedlington Station Open on Sunday.