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verb fish pronunciation in British English /fɪʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefishing
past tensefished
past participlefished
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  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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to catch fish in a particular area of water

      Many boats fish these waters.

  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

    Stephen was fishing, but I didn’t tell him anything.

    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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