• When someone says they have better fish to fry it means they have more important things to do.

  • To have something more interesting things to do.

  • To have more important things to deal with.

1. I didn’t call them back because I had better fish to fry.


2. I refuse to waste any more time trying reach an agreement with you, I have better fish to fry.


3.Celebrities have better fish to fry than to sit around giving interviews.


4. I have better fish to fry than to take care of your every time you get drunk.

at it, diligent, employed, engaged, having a full plate, having enough on one’s plate, having many irons in the fire, in a meeting, in conference,  in the field, industrious, on assignment, occupied, on duty, on the go, overloaded, persevering, slaving, swamped, tied up, up to one’s ears

Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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