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neither fish, flesh, nor fowl

Neither one thing nor another; not belonging to any suitable class or description; not recognizable or characteristic of any one particular thing. We require a solution that directly deals with the issue at hand, but what the chancellor has put forward is, to my mind, neither fish, flesh nor fowl.
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run foul of (someone or something)

To be in severe disagreement, trouble, or difficulty with someone or something; to be at odds with someone or something, especially due to disobeying rules or laws. Always look into the laws of any place you visit, or you may end up unwittingly running foul of the local police. Ms. Banks has run foul of this university for the last time. She is no longer welcome here!
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be neither fish nor fowl

To be difficult to describe or definitively categorize. What genre of music is this? It's neither fish nor fowl to me.
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neither fish nor fowl

Neither one thing nor another; not belonging to any suitable class or description; not recognizable or characteristic of any one particular thing. We require a solution that directly deals with the issue at hand, but the proposal that has been put forward is, to my mind, neither fish nor fowl.
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neither fish nor fowl

Cliché not any recognizable thing. The car that they drove up in was neither fish nor fowl. It must have been made out of spare parts. This proposal is neither fish nor fowl. I can't tell what you're proposing.
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neither fish nor fowl

Also, neither fish nor flesh; neither fish, flesh, nor fowl. Not one or the other, not something fitting any category under discussion. For example, They felt he was neither fish nor fowl-not qualified to lead the department, yet not appropriate to work as a staff member either . This expression appeared in slightly different form in John Heywood's 1546 proverb collection ("Neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring") and is thought to allude to food for monks ( fish, because they abstained from meat), for the people ( flesh, or meat), and for the poor ( red herring, a very cheap fish).
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neither fish nor fowl

If something or someone is neither fish nor fowl, they are difficult to identify or understand, because they seem partly like one thing and partly like another. Brunel's vessel was neither fish nor fowl: a passenger liner too ugly and dirty to offer much beyond novelty value. In the American sports press, this athlete is neither fish nor fowl, neither American nor entirely foreign. Note: People occasionally replace fish with flesh. She didn't look one of anything to Oatsie, neither flesh nor fowl, neither idiot nor intellectual. Note: `Fowl' is an old-fashioned word for a hen or other bird.
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neither fish nor fowl (nor good red herring)

of indefinite character and difficult to identify or classify.
This expression arose with reference to dietary laws formerly laid down by the Church during periods of fasting or abstinence.
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neither ˌfish nor ˈfowl

neither one thing nor another: Graduate teaching assistants are neither fish nor fowl, neither completely students nor teachers.
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neither fish nor fowl

Having no specific characteristics; indefinite.
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neither fish nor fowl

Having no specific characteristics or category, not easily characterized. The phrase, which was originally “neither fish nor flesh nor fowl,” appeared in slightly different form in a 16th-century collection of proverbs as “neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring”: fish for monks who ate no meat, flesh for people who could afford meat, and cheap herring for the poor. The phrase is reminiscent of the old riddle: What is neither fish nor flesh, feathers nor bone/but still has fingers and thumbs of its own? Answer: a glove.
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The present study is aimed to provide the detailed knowledge on the morphological variations of the interstitial tissue of the Guinea fowl testis during active and resting phases of the reproductive cycle which helps to understand the biology of the testis and seasonality of reproduction in the guinea fowl.
RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: "These poor domestic fowl were left in hugely inappropriate conditions, and subjected to shocking levels of neglect.
This may be another probable reason for low egg number in West Azerbaijan's native fowl.
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Therefore, the scope of this trial was twofold: to assess the effect of substitution of SBM with dehulled-micronized faba bean in diets of guinea fowl broilers on their growth parameters; and to evaluate the influence of feeding dehulled-micronized faba bean on profiles of health-promoting substances in guinea fowl meat.
In spite of large quantum of literature available on avian species the reports on Scanning electron microscopic features of small intestine in Uttara fowl are meager.
The poultry farms owners have started looting the citizens by raising the prices of poultry fowls manifold in connivance with retailers and it remains no more the item of meal of the poor people.
Recently, cases of influenza virus have been detected in wild fowl in parts of the United States.
Moro peasant Kalim Mindos said he realized the high commercial value of Mallard ducks when he and his neighbors received pairs of the fowl specie distributed last month by employees of Maguindanao Governor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu.
Stonebeck Gate Farm, in Fryup, and Fowl Green Farm, in Commondale, will host a variety of activities on Sunday to highlight life on a moorland farm.
And there was almost a cliff-hanger duff duff when the guinea fowl refused to cook quickly enough and Jack's chocolate tart was perilously wobbly.
Out of 148 layer flocks 18,11,2,3 layer flocks were affected with Newcastle disease, infectious bursal disease, hydropericardium syndrome and fowl pox in layer flocks was 12.
Summary: Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has issued a decision banning the import of live domestic fowl, cage birds and wild birds as well as all their products and waste from Italy due to avian flu in the European country.
The sales of chicken and other fowl meat will also be banned.