What Does The Phrase “Kettle of Fish” Mean?

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Meaning: This expression is usually part of the phrases ‘a fine kettle of fish’, ‘a pretty kettle of fish’ etc, which mean ‘a muddle or awkward state of affairs’.

The phrase ‘a different/another/whole-new kettle of fish’ has a separate meaning, which is, ‘an alternative; a different thing altogether’.

From: http://www.phrases.org.uk