a pretty kettle of fish


a pretty kettle of fish
a pretty (or fine) kettle of fish informal an awkward state of affairs.
Main Entry: kettle

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  • pretty kettle of fish — see under ↑kettle1 • • • Main Entry: ↑fish …   Useful english dictionary

  • pretty kettle of fish — a bad state of affairs; a very difficult and annoying situation; something to be considered or reckoned with. From kiddle, a basket set in the opening of a weir for catching fish. Also called a nice kettle of fish …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pretty kettle of fish — See: KETTLE OF FISH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pretty kettle of fish — See: KETTLE OF FISH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pretty\ kettle\ of\ fish — See: kettle of fish …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pretty kettle of fish — a mess, a dilemma, a predicament, a fix, a pickle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pretty kettle of fish —  Alarming state of affairs …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • (a) pretty kettle of fish — mainly American a difficult situation. That s a fine kettle of fish the car won t start and I have to leave in five minutes …   New idioms dictionary

  • kettle of fish — noun informal terms for a difficult situation he got into a terrible fix he made a muddle of his marriage • Syn: ↑fix, ↑hole, ↑jam, ↑mess, ↑muddle, ↑pickle • …   Useful english dictionary

  • kettle of fish — {v. phr.}, {informal} Something to be considered; how things are; a happening; business. * /I thought he needed money, but it was another kettle of fish his car had disappeared./ Usually used with pretty , fine , nice , but meaning bad trouble. * …   Dictionary of American idioms