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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.
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Balmores' cousin, Herman Balmores, 57, the boat's cook, recalled that they were fishing around a 'payao' (fish aggregating device) about 150 kilometers off Bolinao town in Pangasinan when they were caught in bad weather.
Once docked, author John Goodlad presented each vessel with a copy of his book The Cod Hunters, which deals with the activities of Shetland smacks fishing around the Faroe Islands.
Authorities said the victim, who is about 60, was fishing around 11 a.m.
They may have been fishing around the lake for food, pointing out that these discoveries are subject to further specialized studies.
The other calls for catchment-specific C&R, a fish restocking programme and the suspension of commercial net fishing around the Welsh coast for at least 10 years.
The new agreements govern fishing around one triangular zone situated around the Diaoyu Islands, and along the Yaeyama Islands at the southern edge of the Ryukyu Island Chain.
Local fishermen using small fishing boats also avoid fishing around the waters of Mavulis to stay away from foreign fishing vessels frequenting the area.
'The two boats which are registered under the number SLFA 5021 (B1) and PKFB 1039 (C) were caught fishing around seven to 10 nautical miles west of Pangkor Island in between 3.20pm to 4.45pm.
"That is my dream, to be the next Robson Green fishing around the world, to create a new-style show which is young and fresh, adding cooking with it and stuff like that.
The event brings together volunteer computer programmers for a weekend to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.
Les Wheatley of Skelton managed to return eight rainbows fly fishing around the east end, with his trusted Invicta and Kate McLaren flies working a treat.
Private boats fishing around the Yellow Buoy were taking up to half a dozen fish, the best going 4lb.
The crew of the Ticino found what they thought was a bomb in their nets while fishing around three miles off Souter Point in South Shields.
Instead of fishing around for your Alberta Health Care card, you could just present your single government issued ID, It has been one of those things that has been on their business plan for a number of years.