be neither fish nor fowl


be neither fish nor fowl
if something is neither fish nor fowl, it is difficult to describe or understand because it is like one thing in some ways but like another thing in other ways.

The hovercraft has always suffered from the fact that it is neither fish nor fowl.


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  • neither\ fish\ nor\ fowl — • neither fish nor fowl • neither fish, flesh, nor fowl Something or someone that does not belong to a definite group or known class; a strange person or thing; someone or something odd or hard to understand. The man is neither fish nor fowl; he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Neither fish nor fowl — Fish Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neither fish nor fowl — Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn t really fit into any one group …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • neither fish nor fowl — phrasal : one that does not belong to a definite class, party, or category : a nondescript person or thing; also : a person without convictions : trimmer often used in the phrase neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring * * * neither fish nor… …   Useful english dictionary

  • neither fish nor fowl — also[neither fish, flesh, nor fowl] Something or someone that does not belong to a definite group or known class; a strange person or thing; someone or something odd or hard to understand. * /The man is neither fish nor fowl; he votes Democrat or …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • neither fish nor fowl — also[neither fish, flesh, nor fowl] Something or someone that does not belong to a definite group or known class; a strange person or thing; someone or something odd or hard to understand. * /The man is neither fish nor fowl; he votes Democrat or …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • neither fish nor fowl —    Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn t really fit into any one group.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    People or things that are difficult to classify because they are neither one thing nor another are neither fish… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • neither fish nor fowl — not clearly separated, a little of both    Our experiment produced a being that was neither fish nor fowl …   English idioms

  • neither fish nor fowl — something that does not belong to a definite group I don t know where we should put those books in the library. They are neither fish nor fowl …   Idioms and examples

  • Neither fish nor fowl —   Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn t really fit into any one group …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring — anything not belonging to a particular class or category; indefinite; indeterminate; to be hesitant or undecided; having no specific characteristics; neither one thing nor the other. May appear as neither fish nor good red herring, neither fish… …   Dictionary of ichthyology