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ket'tle of fish'

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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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