fish in troubled waters
to try to take advantage of a confused situation. Fish reputedly bite better in rough water

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • fish\ in\ troubled\ waters — • fish in muddy • fish in troubled waters v. phr. To take advantage of a troubled or confusing situation; seek personal advantage. With the police disorganized after the collapse of communism in Europe, many criminals started to fish in troubled… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fish in troubled waters — Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fish in troubled waters —    If you fish in troubled waters, you try to gain advantages for yourself from a disturbed state of affairs.     Between the declaration of independence and the first elections, some people were accused of fishing in troubled waters …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fish in troubled waters — phrasal : to profit or attempt to profit from unsettled or troubled conditions * * * fish in troubled waters To take advantage of disturbed times to further one s own interests • • • Main Entry: ↑fish …   Useful english dictionary

  • fish in troubled waters — use a troubled situation to one s own advantage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fish in troubled waters — idi to take advantage of uncertain conditions for personal profit …   From formal English to slang

  • to fish in troubled waters — go fishing in polluted waters, scrabble about, dig in the dirt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fish\ in\ muddy — • fish in muddy • fish in troubled waters v. phr. To take advantage of a troubled or confusing situation; seek personal advantage. With the police disorganized after the collapse of communism in Europe, many criminals started to fish in troubled… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • troubled waters — Digest 20/2002 emotionally rough times or an unsettled situation The boy has been arrested repeatedly and has been in and out of jail for months. He s deep in troubled waters. The expression uses the metaphor of rough (troubled) water. See: pour… …   Idioms and examples

  • fish in muddy — or[troubled waters] {v. phr.} To take advantage of a troubled or confusing situation; seek personal advantage. * /With the police disorganized after the collapse of communism in Europe, many criminals started to fish in troubled waters./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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