kettle of fish
Date: 1742 1. a bad state of affairs ; mess 2. something to be considered or reckoned with ; matter <
books and discs…were two very different kettles of fish — Roland Gelatt
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  • kettle\ of\ fish — v. phr. informal Something to be considered; how things are; a happening; business. I thought he needed money, but it was another kettle of fish his car had disappeared. Usually used with pretty , fine , nice , but meaning bad trouble. He had two …   Словарь американских идиом

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  • kettle of fish — {v. phr.}, {informal} Something to be considered; how things are; a happening; business. * /I thought he needed money, but it was another kettle of fish his car had disappeared./ Usually used with pretty , fine , nice , but meaning bad trouble. * …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kettle of fish — 1. an awkward, difficult, or bad situation; muddle; mess: He s managed to get himself into a fine kettle of fish! 2. a state of affairs; a matter under consideration: The new proposal is quite a different kettle of fish from the last one. [1735… …   Universalium

  • kettle of fish — ket′tle of fish′ n. 1) an awkward, difficult, or bad situation; muddle; mess 2) a state of affairs; matter under consideration: This new proposal is a different kettle of fish altogether[/ex] • Etymology: 1735–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • kettle of fish —  Business. Usu. pretty or fine kettle of fish Confused or unsatisfactory state of affairs …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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