fish out of water

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A person in unfamiliar, and often uncomfortable, surroundings.

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  • Earliest recorded use: "Fishes out of the Water". Earliest use of metaphor by Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales: Prologue as "fissh that is waterlees".
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[I]nto this queer assembly, something of a fish out of water and wholly out of his element, strode Cherry Bim, that redoubtable man.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'fish out of water':

Fish Out of WaterTo feel uncomfortable and out of place while adjusting in a place or situation
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pez fuera del agua

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