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American English: /fɪʃ/
British English: /fɪʃ/

Translation of fish in Spanish:

noun plural fish or fishes

  • 1.1 countable (Zoology) like a fish out of water (in unusual situation)
    como gallina en corral ajeno [colloquial]
    como sapo de otro pozo (River Plate area) [colloquial]
    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)
    ser uno de tantos
    to cry stinking fish (British English)
    echar tierra a or sobre algo
    to drink like a fish
    chupar como una esponja [colloquial]
    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) 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 (Cookery) white/smoked fish
    pescado (masculine) blanco/ahumado
    wet fish (British English) fish and chips (especially British English)
    pescado (masculine) frito con papas or (Spain) patatas fritas
    neither fish, flesh, nor fowl
    ni chicha ni limonada or limoná [colloquial]
    (before noun) (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]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)
    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

  • 1.1 to go fishing
    ir de pesca
    ir a pescar
    to fish for something
    pescar algo
    1.2 (try to obtain) See examples:to fish for something
    (for compliments/information)
    andar a la caza de algo
    Example sentences
    • Every one was helpful and eager to practice their English, proud of their country, if not their politicians, always fishing for compliments.
    • Joss, meanwhile, is just blatantly fishing for compliments.
    • The first time I got naked with this guy I was dating, I went fishing for compliments and made a comment about a totally insignificant part of my body.
    1.3 (search) to fish (around) in one's pockets/bag
    rebuscar en los bolsillos/la bolsa
    Example sentences
    • In response, I fished for my tiny silver cell phone and flipped it open.
    • Then he reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet, fishing a business card out of it.
    • He pulled on his jacket and fished the keys out of his pocket.

transitive verb

  • 1.1
    this river is good for fishing salmon
    este es un buen río para la pesca del salmón
    pescar en
    Example sentences
    • A friend of mine who fishes a very easy water has in the past few weeks landed 98 carp.
    • Jack fished some fast water just upstream of Redscar wood known as Duck Island.
    • Now, the final nail in the coffin, drastic cuts in the number of days our few remaining fishermen are allowed to fish our own waters.
    Example sentences
    • There is no benefit from hanging an entire shrimp off a hook when fishing for coastal panfish.
    • Fish of this size have been caught by anglers targeting the chub and also by anglers fishing for the sea trout.
    • He and his girlfriend, Carolina, had gone fishing for the summer, and had turned their cellphone off.

Phrasal verbs

fish out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
to fish something out of something
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
I wonder where she fished it up
¡de dónde lo habrá sacado!

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