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fish

Pronunciation: /fɪʃ/

Translation of fish in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural fish or, fishes)

  • 1.1 countable/numerable [Zoology/Zoología] pez (masculine) like a fish out of water (in unusual situation) como gallina en corral ajeno [colloquial/familiar], como sapo de otro pozo (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] there are plenty more fish in the sea hay mucho más donde elegir to be a big fish in a little pond ser* un pez gordo ([ en un lugar pequeño ]) to be a little fish in a big pond (British English/inglés británico) ser* uno de tantos to cry stinking fish (British English/inglés británico) echar tierra a or sobre algo to drink like a fish beber como un cosaco [colloquial/familiar], chupar como una esponja [colloquial/familiar] to have other fish to fry tener* cosas mejores or más importantes que hacer to swim like a fish nadar como un pez (before noun/delante del nombre) fish market mercado (masculine) de pescado
    Example sentences
    • Comparable studies of fishes and other aquatic vertebrates are scarce, despite a wealth of neontological data.
    • Snakes employ shivering thermogenesis, which acts to warm their eggs, amphipods actively ventilate the brood pouch, and fishes fan to increase water circulation.
    • It seems that they don't know that the first vertebrates were fish.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable [Cookery/Cocina] pescado (masculine) white/smoked fish pescado (masculine) blanco/ahumado wet fish (British English/inglés británico) pescado (masculine) fresco fish and chips (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) pescado (masculine) frito con papas or (Spain/España) patatas fritas neither fish, flesh, nor fowl ni chicha ni limonada or limoná [colloquial/familiar] (before noun/delante del nombre) [soup/knife/course] de pescado
    Example sentences
    • If drinking was to continue after the cooked food had been exhausted, dried meat and fish were served.
    • You are, however, allowed to eat as much red meat, poultry, fish and fatty foods, like heavy cream, as you want.
    • For a true taste of Croatian Adriatic cuisine seek out the tiny tavernas where you can eat superb local fish and sea food.
    1.3 (person) [colloquial/familiar] he's a queer o odd fish es un tipo raro he's rather a cold fish es un tipo seco that poor fish (American English/inglés norteamericano) aquel pobre infeliz
    Example sentences
    • Their attempt to soften the electorate's impression of her as a scientific cold fish is one of the few amusing spectacles in a grim political landscape.
    • Perhaps every writer of fiction suspects himself or herself to be a cold fish at heart, a mere spectator of other people's joys and passions.
    • She has a tendency to use quite clinical language - which masks deep emotions, but can make her look a bit of a cold fish on the page.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 pescar* to go fishing ir* de pesca, ir* a pescar to fish for sth pescar* algo 1.2 (try to obtain) to fish for sth [for compliments/information] andar* a la caza de algo 1.3 (search) rebuscar* to fish (around) in one's pockets/bag rebuscar* en los bolsillos/la bolsa

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [cod/mackerel] pescar* this river is good for fishing salmon este es un buen río para la pesca del salmón 1.2 [river/lake] pescar* en

Phrasal verbs

fish out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
sacar* to fish sth out of sth sacar* algo de algo she fished a mirror out of the drawer sacó un espejo del cajón

fish up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
I wonder where she fished it up ¡de dónde lo habrá sacado!

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