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fishy

Highly dubious or suspicious; seeming to not be aboveboard. I don't know if you should sign that contract, it seems a bit fishy to me. Don't you think it's a little fishy how eager he is to be in charge of the accounts?

fishy about the gills

Hung-over. A: "How are you feeling after your night of partying?" B: "Ugh, fishy about the gills—I've been throwing up all morning!"
See also: fishy, gill

smell fishy

to seem suspicious. Barlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought. something about the deal smelled fishytoo good to be true.
See also: fishy, smell

smell fishy

Be suspect or suspicious, as in His explanation definitely smells fishy; my guess is that he's lying. This idiom alludes to the fact that fresh fish have no odor but stale or rotten ones do. [Early 1800s]
See also: fishy, smell

fishy

mod. dubious; questionable; likely to be improper or illegal. (see also smell fishy.) That was a pretty fishy story you told us.

smell fishy

in. to seem suspicious. (see also fishy.) Marlowe squinted a bit. Something smells fishy here, he thought.
See also: fishy, smell
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Generally, it appears to be as clean as a whistle; there's not a whiff of fishiness to greet entering patrons.
Our lords and masters are another kettle of fishiness.
But it was perked up by a few discs of coral butter, which added a note of restrained fishiness.
This was typical of every dish that night, in that the cod fillet was gently spiced, not swamped with flavours, so the natural fishiness came through the crunchy coating.
My sea bream was triumphantly crisp on the outside, with a centre that dissolved on the tongue in a perfect puff of fishiness.
As you'd expect, even if you never really get a sense of water or fishiness in the way Pixar managed with Nemo, the animation is excellent and there's certainly more than enough to have the family amused and entertained, but at the end of the day there's just not enough charm or heart to keep it afloat.
My balotine of Scottish salmon was a moist, flavoursome morsel of fresh fishiness that came with a zingy lemon pickle, a slick of soothing creme fraiche enlivened by chervil and a little mound of salty, good salmon caviar.