Definition of neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring in English:

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neither fish nor fowl (nor good red herring)

Of indefinite character and difficult to identify or classify.
Example sentences
  • The Tory peer, said: ‘The whole system has to be looked at afresh because at present it is neither fish nor fowl.’
  • Trying to satisfy all constituents, it has usually come down right in the middle - not a good place to be, neither fish nor fowl.
  • ‘Now they are neither fish nor fowl and fewer students are taking them’, he said.
ambiguous, doubtful, unclear, uncertain, indistinct, indefinite, indeterminate, open to question, debatable;
mixed, neither one thing nor the other
See parent entry: fish
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