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When I was 18, I left Dublin and moved to Paris. I didn't speak French. I didn't know anyone. I felt like a fish out of water.
Caitriona Balfe

Meaning of "like a fish out of water" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER

like a bat out of hell
like a bird
like a blue-arsed fly
like a bomb
like a cat on a hot tin roof
like a charm
like a dog´s dinner
like a dose of salts
like a headless chicken
like a house on fire
like a lamb to the slaughter
like a log
like a pakapoo ticket
like a shag on a rock
like a shot
like a ton of bricks
like anything
like billyo
like cat and dog
like clockwork

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER

above the water
bath water
blackwater
blood is thicker than water
bottled water
distilled water
drinking water
fresh water
freshwater
Greater
holy water
in deep water
in hot water
rainwater
salt water
saltwater
sweetwater
test the water
underwater
wastewater
water

Synonyms and antonyms of like a fish out of water in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «like a fish out of water» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER

Find out the translation of like a fish out of water to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of like a fish out of water from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «like a fish out of water» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

像离开水的鱼
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

como un pez fuera del agua
570 millions of speakers

English

like a fish out of water
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पानी के बाहर एक मछली की तरह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مثل سمكة خارج الماء
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

как рыба, вытащенная из воды
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

como um peixe fora d´água
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জল থেকে মাছের মত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

comme un poisson hors de l´eau
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seperti ikan yang keluar dari air
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wie ein Fisch ohne Wasser
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

水の中から魚のように
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

물 밖 물고기처럼
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kaya iwak metu saka banyu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

như một con cá ra khỏi nước
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தண்ணீரில் இருந்து மீன்களைப் போன்றது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मासे एका पाण्याच्या बाहेर असावेत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Suyun dışında bir balık gibi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

come un pesce fuor d´acqua
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

jak ryba wyjęta z wody
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

як риба , витягнуті з води
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ca un pește pe uscat
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σαν το ψάρι έξω από το νερό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

soos ´n vis uit water
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

som en fisk på torra land
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

som en fisk ut av vann
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of like a fish out of water

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER»

The term «like a fish out of water» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.714 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about like a fish out of water

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3 QUOTES WITH «LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word like a fish out of water.
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Caitriona Balfe
When I was 18, I left Dublin and moved to Paris. I didn't speak French. I didn't know anyone. I felt like a fish out of water.
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Jon Crosby
Just having the pain of being alive without anything else, whether it's good or bad. There's a lot of serious songs on the record, you know. That song is just about feeling like a fish out of water, feeling like you don't belong on the planet sometimes.
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Janet McTeer
We are a very close family, and I love them very much, but I'm definitely the odd one out. I live a completely different kind of life style. I always was different. I felt like a fish out of water; I really never knew who I was.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER»

Discover the use of like a fish out of water in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to like a fish out of water and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
F149 Like a Fish out of water 1652 Williams Writings 7.68: As a Fish out of the water. 1702 Mather Magnalia 1.370: He was even "like a fish out of the water," 508: Our Whiting . . . would have thought himself a fish out of his element, if he had ...
Bartlett Jere Whiting, 1977
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The Fearless Fish Out of Water: How to Succeed When You're ...
I'mlookingtosee how I can affect people's lives. Mentoring others, getting people promoted—it's all partoftryingto make iteasierso no one feels like a fish out of water. As a fish out of water, your most apparent gift. 130 THE FEARLESS FISH OUT ...
Robin Fisher-Roffer, 2009
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Fish Out of Water: Surviving and Thriving As A Christian on ...
I wasn't the only freshman feeling like a fish out of water. It was refreshing to know that someone recognized what was happening, as many of my peers and classmates still seemed completely oblivious. I bumped into a guy I'd known for a  ...
Abby Nye Suddarth, 2005
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A Fish Out of Water: 9 Strategies Effective Leaders Use to ...
Every time I've been bogged down in one of these states, I've felt like a fish out of water—and longed for a way to get back in a life-sustaining environment in which I could be effective at doing what God created me to do. Leaders are strategic.
George Barna, 2002
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A Dictionary of Anglo-American Proverbs & Proverbial ...
(III, 2372) The Complete Short Stories of Jack London, 3 vols. Ed. Earle Labor et al. Stanford, Cal.: Stanford University Press, 1993. Like a fish out of water (APP 135; ODEP 264; EAP 155; MP 227) 1823 Play title: Fish out of Water Lunn, Joseph ...
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 2005
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Dictionary of Proverbs
Like a fish out of water. [Mus in matella. - Petr., 58. Sicut piscis sine aqua caret vita, ita sine monasterio monachus. - Attributed to a Pope Eugenius; but it is adapted from the Greek. It occurs in Sozomen, Eccl. Hist., bk i c. 13; and still earlier, in a ...
George Latimer Apperson, Martin H. Manser, Stephen J. Curtis, 2005
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Chambers Idioms
... seem to be interested in the project, and they suspected that he had other fish to fry. like a fish out of water in an uncomfortable or unaccustomed situation; ill at ease: The middle-aged woman felt like a fish out of water at her daughter's party.
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Cartoon-illustrated Metaphors: Idioms, Proverbs, Cliches, ...
•v-^ ** a person away from his or her usual environment or activities // a person who is in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable setting — like a fish out of water — out of one's element — out of place !! The expression starts with the knowledge that fish  ...
Kaiman Lee, 2003
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The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition
... her usual environment or activities. For example, Using a computerfor the first time, Carlfelt like a fish out of water, or On a hiking trail, Nell was a fish out ofwater. This expression alludes to the fact that fish cannot survive for long on dry land.
Christine Ammer, 2013
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American Slang: Cultural Language Guide to Living in the USA
Like a fish out of water: helpless; unknowledgeable; in strange sur- roundings. A cowboy in a big city is like a fish out of water. Like a fish to water: so agile, so smooth; excellent in skills. He performs his job like a fish to water. Like shooting fish ...
Joseph Melillo, Edward M. Melillo, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term like a fish out of water is used in the context of the following news items.
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The fine art of the fillet - Local - The Telegram
... cheeks will be fried. The tub is just about empty. Most people would be thrilled to have the task over with. Doiron looks like a fish out of water. «The Telegram, Jul 15»
2
Ryan Adams review: US singer unleashes fairy lights, a fiery spray …
... guitar – sometimes a Fender Stratocaster, sometimes a Gibson SG or his beloved ES-355 – as lean back and thrash like a fish out of water, ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
3
'I went from couch-surfing to starring on Broadway' | New York Post
Growing up, he felt like a fish out of water. Not because he was biracial, but because he was “awkward and antisocial.” The turning point came ... «New York Post, Jul 15»
4
'I have so much energy': the Welsh over-50s struggling to find work
I feel like a fish out of water. I look over to those young boys working on the shopping centre and envy them.” Waiting outside a Jobcentre Plus ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
5
Defrauding the nation's poor
So when the EBT card stops spitting the McNuggets from the golden slot machine, the progressives will be on the street like a fish out of water- ... «Southernminn.com, Jul 15»
6
Who does not want success?
Often, I felt like a fish out of water. However, I was thankful that I had a new lease of life, and I was determined not to waste it. I would seek good ... «AsiaOne, Jul 15»
7
Cincinnati's all-time best on display at All-Star Game
... tazed manager Lou Piniella in the rear end in the clubhouse, sending the fiery leader of the Reds to the floor flopping like a fish out of water. «Huntington Herald Dispatch, Jul 15»
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Golf ball diving. The ideal summer job?
Dressed in a glistening wetsuit, Alec McKernan does looks like a fish out of water on the golf course. But get him in the lake, however, and he¹s ... «The Weather Network, Jul 15»
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Coyotes Trade for Pronger Raises Questions
On a St. Louis team that was a possible contender, Michalek got top-four minutes but looked like a fish out of water. He was worse in the ... «Today's Slapshot, Jul 15»
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Former Harrisburg mayor faces criminal charges
It's like a fish out of water. So, it's a whole new thing," Reed said. When asked if he had done anything criminal, Reed said, "Not that I know of.". «WGAL Lancaster, Jul 15»

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