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verb fish pronunciation in American English /fɪʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
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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    1. a.
      [transitive] to catch fish in a particular area of water
      Many boats fish these waters.
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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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