What does kettle of fish mean?


Idiom Meaning:

a difficult problem or situation


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


A Pest in the House (1947)

Time of Scene: n/a

Daffy Duck: So, a fine kettle of fish! Here I work myself to the skin and bones trying to get this guy to sleep, and what do you do? Blow whistles! Just when I got things so quiet you could hear a pin drop, you bust in here and bust out with a whistle, and you snafu the whole works! How in the name of all that’s reasonable do you expect a guy to get his slumber when a goof like you goes around making noises like a one-man Fourth of July celebration? He needs peace and quiet! It’s positively outrageous!


Inspector Morse: “The Dead Jericho” (1987)

Time of Scene: 01:06:00

Chief Inspector Morse: I’d expect you’ve heard your boss is getting promoted.

Detective Sergeant Lewis: Yes sir.

Chief Inspector Morse: Good, eh?

Detective Sergeant Lewis: Oh, yes sir, marvellous.

Chief Inspector Morse: I’m a quite different kettle of fish Lewis.


Family Matters: “Stop in the Name of Love” (1992)

Time of Scene: n/a

Laura: Well, Steve, I’ve been trying to convince Waldo that girls find him attractive. I couldn’t turn right around and refuse to go out with him.

Steve Urkel: Oh, why not? You refuse to go out with me for the last decade!

Laura: Well, that’s because you have self-confidence. I can turn you down without destroying your ego.

Steve Urkel: Well, isn’t that just a fine kettle of fish? I’m getting penalized because I’m emotionally stable!


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