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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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 26 May. 2022.

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