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Plenty more fish in the sea

Woman dressed as a fish on a WWF demonstration in Brussels

WWF members and sympathisers protest against overfishing of the European seas in front of the EU Council in Brussels. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/ AP Photo

Today's Phrase

If you say there are plenty more fish in the sea, you mean that there are other choices in a situation. It is often said to comfort someone who has just had a romantic break-up.

Examples:

Mary was not a good wife. Don't cry about her. There are plenty more fish in the sea.

Stop flirting with my boyfriend and find someone else! There are plenty more fish in the sea.

Take note

If you fish for compliments, you try to make someone give you praise, often by criticising yourself.

Example:

Ann: I'm not very good with children.
Sue: No, don't be silly. You are a great babysitter.
Tony: She knows that. People in the neighbourhood are always asking her to take care of their kids. She is just fishing for compliments.

Interesting fact

Overfishing is changing the type of fish in the sea, according to scientists at Bangor University. Because larger fish are being caught, they cannot pass on their genes to a new generation. As a result, only smaller fish are surviving.

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