pilot fish

noun

Definition of pilot fish

: a pelagic carangid fish (Naucrates ductor) that has dark vertical stripes and often swims in company with a shark

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Recent Examples on the Web That will be decided by the biggest of the big fish; the rest of us will follow, attaching like pilot fish. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "Now That The Four Seasons Is Closing, Where Will the Power Lunch Crowd Go Next?," 26 July 2015

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First Known Use of pilot fish

1592, in the meaning defined above

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“Pilot fish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilot%20fish. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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