fish for

phrasal verb
fished for; fishing for; fishes for

Definition of fish 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. fishing for answers

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“Fish for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fish%20for. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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