fish out


fished out; fishing out; fishes out

transitive verb

: to exhaust the supply of fish in by fishing

Examples of fish out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group posted a YouTube video Thursday of the brown pelican attempting to grab small fish out of a blue crate. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024 Who else has used the can opener only to fish out the top from the inside afterward, risking a serious slice and stitches to the fingers? Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 27 Feb. 2024 Often noodlers will catch the same fish out of the same hole multiple times in a season. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023 Elsbeth isn’t just a fish out of water in Manhattan. Phillip MacIak, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 In the film, Bad River tribal member David O’Connor discusses how his father was arrested and fined by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for fishing out of season. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 About a decade ago, researchers started industrial-scale experiments to fish out genetic bits from individual cells. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2024 Some yards away, Hisham, who was lying on his stomach, fished out his phone and with desperate, bloody fingers pushed the emergency-call button. Rozina Ali, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Her origins prove decidedly more complex: Bella’s body was fished out of the Thames after dying by suicide to escape her sadistic husband, Alfie Blessington (Christopher Abbott). Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fish out was in 1892

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“Fish out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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