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19 / 06 / 2007
Animal Idioms

ANIMAL EXPRESSIONS: FISH: meaning and examples

Hello again.

Today we continue with our series of Daily Vitamins that use animal expressions. Today's animal is fish (pez).

Today's 1st expression isthere are plenty more fish in the sea (spoken)

It means: there are many other people or things that are as good as the one you have failed to get. Especially common in a situation where someone has lost a boyfriend or girlfriend. We use this expression to console them.

Example 1
David: I can't believe that Victoria has left me. I really thought she loved me, not only my money.
Raul: Don't worry Dave. There are plenty of other fish in the sea. I'm sure you'll find someone else.

Today's 2nd expression is: to have a bigger or other fish to fry

It means: to have more important things to do or to think about.

Example 2:
John: Can you please help me with the report that we have to turn in tomorrow.
Alex: I'm sorry John. I have bigger fish to fry. I have a meeting with the vice president in ten minutes. Ask Janet to help you.

Today's 3rd expression isto drink like a fish (humorous)

It means: to drink a lot of alcohol regularly.

Example 3:
I would love to hire Andrew. I think he's a very capable person, but he drinks like a fish; I can't risk having someone like that on the staff.

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