kettle of fish

noun phrase

1
: a bad state of affairs : mess
2
: something to be considered or dealt with : matter
a different kettle of fish

Examples of kettle of fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Urus, even in top-tier Performante trim, doesn’t better the Cayenne Turbo S in terms of driving enjoyment (or looks, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish). Kyle Hyatt, Robb Report, 17 June 2024 But retaining the Vince Lombardi Trophy is a different kettle of fish. Ben Morse, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 What conservatives choose to say about this is a different kettle of fish. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 June 2023 No, that was a completely different kettle of fish. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of kettle of fish was in 1742

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“Kettle of fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kettle%20of%20fish. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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