fish for

phrasal verb

fished for; fishing for; fishes for
: 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.
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Examples of fish for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, a partnership with the neighboring Ke Kai Ola Monk Seal Rehabilitation Center allows guests to fish for invasive tilapia at the resort’s fishpond, then feed them to recovering seals. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2024 Check the pier's website to find out when kids can fish for free. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 18 June 2024 Birdwatching is a popular activity here, with almost 200 species living in the shady old hardwood forest, as is hiking the nearby three-mile Boulder Loop Trail and going fishing for brook trout. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 4 June 2024 Teardrop’s Midas touch extends to the kitchen, marrying Sri Lankan plates with international dishes made from local produce: egg hoppers for breakfast, grilled fish for lunch and coconut and mustard fish curry for dinner. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for fish for 

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“Fish for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fish%20for. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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