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Americans use many (1) about fish and fishing. For example, if something (2) fishy, it may not be true. Sometimes I feel like a fish out of water when I go to a party and everyone but me is doing the (3) dance. When I ask my friend if she likes my new dress, I would like her to say something (4). In other (5), I am fishing for a (6). You might tell someone to fish or cut (7) if he repeatedly (8) to do something he is unable to do.
Sometimes a (9) will ask a witness many questions in an (10) to discover the facts of a court case. This is called going on a fishing (11).
Some expressions (12) different kinds of fish. Information that is used to (13) attention away from the real facts of a situation is called a red (14). If you want to express a feeling of (15), you might (16)"holy mackerel!"although we do not know why a mackerel is holy.
Once I went to a county (17) and tried my luck with a game of (18). It was so easy; it was like shooting fish in a (19). Then I went on the fastest, (20) and most frightening (21): the roller (22). At the end of the ride, I did not feel so well. A friend said I looked green around the (23).
I grew up in a small town where everybody (24) about my life. There were times when I thought I was living in a (25). So I moved to Washington, where things were different.
Now I take the (26) to work every day during (27) hour when many other people travel to their (28). Sometimes the train is so crowded that we are (29) in like sardines. Sardines are (30) fish that lie close to each other in (31).
One man who works in my office is a cold fish. He is unfriendly and does not like to join us at office (32). Another man in my office likes to enjoy (33) drinks at parties. In fact, you might say he (34) like a fish. We need to help him stop drinking.
Last week, my sister's car (35) down as we were driving to a friend's (36) ceremony."This is a fine (37) of fish,"I said."Now we will be late."
My sister attends a small (38) where she is one of the (39) students. She always wants to be a big fish in a small (40). Recently, my sister broke up with her boyfriend. I told her not to worry, she will find another one because there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
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This VOA Special English program was written by Shelley Gollust. I'm Faith Lapidus. You can find more WORDS AND THEIR STORIES at voaspecialenglish.com.


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Compliment /'kɔmplimənt/ (Danh từ): Lời khen, lời ca tụng

Bait /beit/ (Danh từ): Mồi, bả ( (nghĩa đen) & (nghĩa bóng))

Expedition /¸ekspi´diʃən/ (Danh từ): Cuộc hành trình, cuộc đi; đoàn người đi (trong cuộc hành trình); tính chóng vánh, tính mau lẹ, tính khẩn trương

Herring /´heriη/ (Danh từ): (động vật học) cá trích

packed as close as herrings
xếp chật như nêm
neither fish, flesh nor good red herring
môn chẳng ra môn, khoai chẳng ra khoai
a red herring
sự việc nêu ra để đánh lạc hướng câu chuyện
Holy /´hoʊli/ (Tính từ):Thần thánh; linh thiêng

Mackerel/'mækrəl/ (Danh từ): (động vật học) cá thu

Barrel /'bærәl (Danh từ): Thùng tròn, thùng rượu

roller /´roulə/ (Danh từ): Trục lăn, con lăn; xe lăn đường; ống lăn mực (in...)

coaster /´koustə/ (Danh từ): (từ Mỹ,nghĩa Mỹ) người lao dốc (xe trượt tuyết, xe đạp, mô tô)

Gill /gil/ (Danh từ): Dòng suối trên núi, khe núi

sardines/sɑ:'din/ (Danh từ): Cá mòi

packed like sardines
(thông tục) chật như nêm cối, lèn như cá hộp

kettle/'ketl/ (Danh từ ): Ấm đun nước

pretty (fine, nice) kettle of fish
tình thế rất khó xử, việc rắc rối
the pot calling the kettle black



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