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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'

Richard's mother-in-law would be a different kettle of fish from Eileen.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
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)
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)

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