Fish Fish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fishing}.] 1. To attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish, by any means, as by angling or drawing a net. [1913 Webster]

2. To seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to draw forth; as, to fish for compliments. [1913 Webster]

Any other fishing question. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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  • Fishing — Fish ing, a. [From {Fishing}, n.] Pertaining to fishing; used in fishery; engaged in fishing; as, fishing boat; fishing tackle; fishing village. [1913 Webster] {Fishing fly}, an artificial fly for fishing. {Fishing line}, a line used in catching… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fishing — verbal noun from prp. of FISH (Cf. fish), c.1300, fysschynge; figurative use from 1540s. Fishing rod (1550s) is older than fishing pole (1791). To “go fishing” is as old as Old English on fiscoð gan. [O]f all diversions which ingenuity ever… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fishing — [n] angling fly fishing, freshwater fishing, piscary, trawling, trolling; concept 363 …   New thesaurus

  • fishing — fishing; elec·tro·fishing; …   English syllables

  • Fishing — Fish ing, n. 1. The act, practice, or art of one who fishes. [1913 Webster] 2. A fishery. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fishing — speculative. In referring to interrogatories in England, or diligence in Scotland, it means that the purpose of obtaining the powers is not known; rather it is hoped that once granted something will turn up. Courts generally do not grant such… …   Law dictionary

  • Fishing — for compliments: auf Lob und Anerkennung aussein bzw. diese durch Untertreibung (understatement) oder durch scheinbare Abwehr erst recht provozieren.{{ppd}}    Da es im Deutschen hierfür keinen Ausdruck gibt, hat sich die englische Wendung wegen… …   Das Wörterbuch der Idiome

  • fishing — [fish′iŋ] n. 1. the catching of fish for sport or for a living 2. a place to fish …   English World dictionary

  • Fishing — Not to be confused with phishing. Stilts fishermen, Sri Lanka …   Wikipedia

  • fishing — /fish ing/, n. 1. the act of catching fish. 2. the technique, occupation, or diversion of catching fish. 3. a place or facility for catching fish. [1250 1300; ME fisshing. See FISH, ING1] * * * or sport fishing Sport of catching fish freshwater… …   Universalium

  • fishing — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ good ▪ This stretch of the river is renowned for its good fishing. ▪ coarse (BrE), deep sea, drift net, saltwater, sea …   Collocations dictionary

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