queer fish

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkwiːɹˌfɪʃ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

queer fish (plural queer fish)

  1. (dated, chiefly Britain) An odd or eccentric person.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 54:
      To these people, native and European, he was a queer fish, but they were used to queer fish, and they took him for granted; the world was full of odd persons, who did odd things; and perhaps they knew that a man is not what he wants to be, but what he must be.
    • 1974 April 21, Vincent Canby, "Movie Review: The Conversation," New York Times (retrieved 24 Feb 2014):
      Harry is a queer fish indeed. He is suspicious of everybody and everything.

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