An important person
- The four men arrested were described as really big fish by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Fish for compliments
Try to manipulate people into praising you
- Only those who fish for fame and compliments by fair means or foul can do such shameful things. A failed workplace romance can also hurt your career and reputation.
Fish out of water
A person who is in unfamiliar confusing surroundings
- I think he thought of himself as a country gentleman and was like a fish out of water in Birmingham.
You can’t make fish of one and fowl of the other
People must be treated equally
- The children will quickly realize when you begin to make fish of one and fowl of another.
(A) different kettle of fish
- Having knowledge is one thing but being able to communicate it to others is a different kettle of fish.
Better fish to fry
More important matters to deal with
- He can't spend too much time arguing with you about this matter. He has better fish to fry.
Drink like a fish
Drink excessive amount of alcohol
- I used to drink like a fish and get drunk all the time.
Like shooting fish in a barrel
- For the IRS, finding tax evaders will now be like shooting fish in a barrel.
Neither fish nor fowl
Of indefinite character and difficult to identify or classify
- This proposal is neither fish nor fowl. I can't tell what you're proposing.
A fish story
A big lie
- Your story sounds to me just like a fish story.