kettle-fish

kettle of fish

noun
1.
an awkward, difficult, or bad situation; muddle; mess: He's managed to get himself into a fine kettle of fish!
2.
a state of affairs; a matter under consideration: The new proposal is quite a different kettle of fish from the last one.

Origin:
1735–45

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kettle of fish
 
n
1.  a situation; state of affairs (often used ironically in the phrase a pretty or fine kettle of fish)
2.  case; matter for consideration: that's quite a different kettle of fish

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