kettle of fish

noun phrase

Definition of kettle of fish

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

First Known Use of kettle of fish

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kettle of fish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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