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verb American English pronunciation: fish /fɪʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfish
he/she/itfishes
present participlefishing
past tensefished
past participlefished
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to try to catch fish, for example using a net or a fishing rod

    The ship was not permitted to fish in Canadian waters.

    fish for:

    The boys were fishing for trout.

    go fishing:

    Les goes fishing almost every weekend.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to try to find something by feeling inside a bag, a box, etc.
    fish for:

    She stopped and fished for her door key.

    fish around:

    Matthew started fishing around in a pile of papers.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to try to make someone tell you something, without asking them directly
    fish for:

    "Having trouble?" he asked casually, fishing for information.

    fish for compliments:

    When I said I was overweight, I wasn't fishing for compliments.

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