fish for
to try subtly or deviously to obtain information or a response

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • fish for — [phrasal verb] fish for (something) : to ask for or try to get (something, such as praise or attention) in an indirect way I think he offers apologies for his cooking as a way of fishing for compliments. [=as a way of getting people to say that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fish for — [v] look for; hint angle, angle for, elicit, hope for, hunt for, invite, search for, seek, solicit, try to evoke; concepts 20,75 …   New thesaurus

  • fish for — {v.}, {informal} To try to get or to find out (something), by hinting or by a roundabout way to try to lead someone else to give or tell you what you want by hinting. * /Jerry was always fishing for an invitation to Bob s house./ * /Near… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fish for — {v.}, {informal} To try to get or to find out (something), by hinting or by a roundabout way to try to lead someone else to give or tell you what you want by hinting. * /Jerry was always fishing for an invitation to Bob s house./ * /Near… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fish\ for — v informal To try to get or to find out (smth), by hinting or by a roundabout way to try to lead someone else to give or tell you what you want by hinting. Jerry was always fishing for an invitation to Bob s house. Near examination time, some of… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fish for — phr verb Fish for is used with these nouns as the object: ↑compliment, ↑salmon, ↑trout …   Collocations dictionary

  • fish for — Synonyms and related words: address, angle for, ask for, beat about for, bid for, canvass, court, delve for, dig for, follow, go gunning for, gun for, hunt, hunt for, hunt up, look, look for, look up, pop the question, prowl after, pursue, quest …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fish for — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. hint at, elicit, try to evoke; see angle for …   English dictionary for students

  • fish for — try to get or to find out (something) by hinting at it She is always fishing for compliments when I see her at work …   Idioms and examples

  • fish for — Angle for, try to get (by artifice), hint at indirectly …   New dictionary of synonyms

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