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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ket′tle of fish′(n.)

  1. an awkward, difficult, or bad situation; muddle; mess.

  2. a state of affairs; matter under consideration:

    This new proposal is a different kettle of fish altogether.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish(noun)

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"


  1. kettle of fish(Noun)

    An awkward situation; a predicament.

  2. kettle of fish(Noun)

    A situation which is recognized as different from or as an alternative to some other situation, and which is not necessarily unfavorable.


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