poor fish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n poor fish a person who is not very bright "The economy, stupid!"
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Usage

In literature:

Poor Alice, who had been unable to swallow the mixture of flying-fish and oil, shuddered at the thought.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then Jeff would give him that 'You poor fish!
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Then he imitated a poor man fishing in St. James's Park and not catching any fish.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
You're a poor fish, something whispered.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
To make matters worse, an icy wind began to blow, and the poor fishes were chilled right through their bodies.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
But in the main the poor white subsisted by hunting and fishing.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
The profits of fishing were exceedingly small, and the prospects were but poor.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
In other parts of British Columbia fishing is poor at this time, and in waters the salmon cannot reach.
"Fishing in British Columbia" by Thomas Wilson Lambert
Here a poor boy was fishing.
"Harper's Young People, April 6, 1880" by Various
Poor old Pascualo would have turned out better if he'd stuck to that business and not gone back to fishing!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Trappers have told me that the streams beaver live in are poor fishing places because the furry inhabitants eat the fish.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
What's the matter, you poor fish!
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
The fish were poor and few.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
Put on your distance-glasses, you poor fish.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Garboy backed his whale and Lord Joe made a poor cast, and they lost the fish.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
To say truth, they made but poor speed of it by now, labouring dismally as they ran, and catching for their breath like fish.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The river fish are of poor quality.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
What a poor fish you are!
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Fishing had been poor, and perhaps here was a chance to make some easy money.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
To say truth, they made but poor speed of it by now, labouring dismally as they ran, and catching for their breath like fish.
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Let others freeze with angling reeds,
And cut their legs with shells and weeds,
Or treacherously poor fish beset
With strangling snare or windowy net.
"The Bait" by John Donne
Let coarse bold hands from slimy nest
The bedded fish in banks out-wrest,
Or curious traitors, sleeve-silk flies,
Bewitch poor fishes' wand'ring eyes.
"The Bait" by John Donne
Have you been catching fish, Tom Noddy?
Have you snared a weeping hare?
Have you whistled "No Nunny" and gunned a poor bunny,
Or blinded a bird of the air?
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare
"To the others whatever is left I will leave —
"Don't quarrel, or else my poor spirit will grieve;
"There's the fish in the stream, and the fowl on the lake,
"Let each have as much as any may take
"New England Cocky" by Anonymous Oceania
Beany went home, and I got sick and ran,
You old son of a bitch.
You better hurry down to Minnegan;
He's drunk or dying now, I don't know which,
Rolled in the roots and garbage like a fish,
The poor old man.
"A Note Left In Jimmy Leonard's Shack" by James Wright

In news:

Trials set to begin Tuesday have been postponed for Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing during a poor summer salmon run.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Trials set to begin Tuesday have been postponed for Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing during a poor summer salmon run, their attorney said Monday.
A trial has begun in Bethel for the first of two dozen western Alaska Native s accused of subsistence fishing for king salmon in violation of strict restrictions set by the state because of poor runs.
Other escapes are attributed to damage from boat propellers, vandalism, poor maintenance and accidents during fish transfers and sorting.
A leaking tank sent up to 270 gallons of fuel oil into Poor Farm Creek in Storm Lake over the weekend, killing an undetermined number of fish.
State fisheries biologists planning research to determine the cause for Alaska's poor king salmon returns were urged to focus studies on near-shore marine waters and the human effects on the fish.
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Poor king salmon returns have state biologists limiting fishing throughout Alaska and biologists have their eyes on the ocean as the problem.
Poor king salmon run on Kenai draws fishing restrictions.
The past week has been a poor one for Chitina dip-netters but fishing should improve during the next week.
Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Jim Watkins said the primary cause of the snowy plover 's poor reproductive success is its nest loss from predatory corvids.
Porcupine fish are poor swimmers so they use other ways to protect themselves from predators.
That's a lesson I relearned after my column two weeks ago, reporting on fears by some fishing guides that this summer's poor speckled trout season is the result of the BP oil spill.
ANCHORAGE — Alaska commercial fishermen lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue tied to fishing closures because of recent poor king salmon returns, according to new figures prepared by state officials.
Alaska commercial fishermen lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue tied to fishing closures because of recent poor king salmon returns, according to new figures prepared by state officials.
BETHEL, Alaska — Three Alaska Native subsistence fishermen accused of illegally fishing after the state imposed restrictions following a poor king salmon run have been found guilty.
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