a pretty (or fine) kettle of fish


a pretty (or fine) kettle of fish
a pretty (or fine) kettle of fish
informal
an awkward state of affairs.
kettle

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • fine kettle of fish — Synonyms and related words: bind, clutch, complication, crunch, embarrassing position, embarrassment, fine how do you do, hell to pay, hobble, hot water, how do you do, imbroglio, jam, mess, mix, morass, parlous straits, pass, pickle, pinch,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • a fine kettle of fish — ► a pretty (or fine) kettle of fish informal an awkward state of affairs. Main Entry: ↑kettle …   English terms dictionary

  • a fine kettle of fish — a fine (or pretty) kettle of fish informal an awkward state of affairs …   Useful english dictionary

  • kettle of fish — A pretty or fine kettle of fish is a difficult problem or situation …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • kettle of fish —    A pretty or fine kettle of fish is a difficult problem or situation.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Kettle of fish —   A pretty or fine kettle of fish is a difficult problem or situation …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • kettle of fish —  Business. Usu. pretty or fine kettle of fish Confused or unsatisfactory state of affairs …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • kettle of fish — noun informal terms for a difficult situation he got into a terrible fix he made a muddle of his marriage • Syn: ↑fix, ↑hole, ↑jam, ↑mess, ↑muddle, ↑pickle • …   Useful english dictionary

  • kettle of fish — {v. phr.}, {informal} Something to be considered; how things are; a happening; business. * /I thought he needed money, but it was another kettle of fish his car had disappeared./ Usually used with pretty , fine , nice , but meaning bad trouble. * …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • kettle of fish — {v. phr.}, {informal} Something to be considered; how things are; a happening; business. * /I thought he needed money, but it was another kettle of fish his car had disappeared./ Usually used with pretty , fine , nice , but meaning bad trouble. * …   Dictionary of American idioms


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