Fish expressions

There are lots of expressions with the word “fish” in English and today we are going to have a look at some of them.

A big fish in a small pond’ is a person who is important but only within a small field, group, or community:

She was offered a better job at a much bigger company, but she enjoys being a big fish in a small pond too much to ever leave this little place.

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Nathalie V
Active Learner
1 year ago

Do you know why the word “fish” is utilized for lots of expressions in English? I’m surprised and interested! I think these of England are more funny than these of France because without really way… (for some of them, I mean literally)

About a realistic sentence with one of the above expressions, I would say:

“My daughter wanted to play cards after dinner but I’d got other fish to fry…”

I don’t know other fish expressions but I think that the word “fish” sometimes means “to be a stupid person”: Poor fish…

Last edited 1 year ago by Nathalie V
Nathalie V
Reply to  Nathalie V
1 year ago

I think those of England are more funny than those of France because they have a less direct sense.

Nathalie V
Reply to  P H
1 year ago

Yes, here are some examples:

“To have cold feet” or “Let the cat out of the bag” and “It’s raining cats and dogs”

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