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kettle of fish

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noun

  1. a situation; state of affairs (often used ironically in the phrase a pretty or fine kettle of fish)
  2. case; matter for consideration   ⇒ that's quite a different kettle of fish

Example Sentences Including 'kettle of fish'

" However, Australia will be a different kettle of fish.
Sun, News of the World (2001)
Fifty years on, director Shawn Levy is having a crack at a totally different kettle of fish.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
I would no more have thought on killing you than...' `But Rebecca is a different kettle of fish from you, madam.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
My latest trip to Chipping Norton, as final destination this time, was altogether a different kettle of fish.
Independent (1998)
Richard's mother-in-law would be a different kettle of fish from Eileen.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
They are being used not to influence the health of the body, but as fragrances or flavourings a totally different kettle of fish !
Price, Shirley Aromatherapy Workbook
Toast, now, was a different kettle of fish : toast fingers, with a boiled egg, was something which Mr Golightly was partial to...
Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAY (2003)
``Normally I play Wotan in Europe, but Alberich is a completely different kettle of fish.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)

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