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herring Idioms & Phrases


atlantic herring

  • noun important food fish; found in enormous shoals in the northern Atlantic
    Clupea harengus harengus.
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Branch herring

  • . See Alewife.
Webster 1913

Fall herring

  • (Zoöl.), a herring of the Atlantic (Clupea mediocris); also called tailor herring, and hickory shad.
Webster 1913

Herring gull

  • noun large gull of the northern hemisphere
    Larus argentatus.
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  • (Zoöl.), a large gull which feeds in part upon herrings; esp., Larus argentatus in America, and L. cachinnans in England. See Gull.
Webster 1913

Herring hog

  • noun the common porpoise of the northern Atlantic and Pacific
    harbor porpoise; Phocoena phocoena.
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  • (Zoöl.), the common porpoise.
Webster 1913

herring salad

  • noun based on pickled herring
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king of the herring

  • noun thin deep-water tropical fish 20 to 30 feet long having a red dorsal fin
    Regalecus glesne; oarfish; ribbonfish; king of the herring.
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King of the herrings

  • noun thin deep-water tropical fish 20 to 30 feet long having a red dorsal fin
    Regalecus glesne; oarfish; ribbonfish; king of the herring.
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  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The chimæra (C. monstrosa) which follows the schools of herring. See Chimæra. (b) The opah.
Webster 1913

kippered herring

  • noun salted and smoked herring
    kipper.
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Lake herring

  • noun cold-water fish caught in Lake Superior and northward
    cisco.
  • noun important food fish of cold deep lakes of North America
    cisco; Coregonus artedi.
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  • (Zoöl.), the cisco (Coregonus Artedii).
Webster 1913

pacific herring

  • noun important food fish of the northern Pacific
    Clupea harengus pallasii.
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pickle-herring

Pic"kle-her"ring noun
Definitions
  1. A herring preserved in brine; a pickled herring. Obs. Shak.
  2. A merry-andrew; a buffoon. Obs. Addison.
Webster 1913

pickled herring

  • noun herring preserved in a pickling liquid (usually brine or vinegar)
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Red herring

  • noun any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
  • noun a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
    red herring.
  • noun a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus
    preliminary prospectus.
    • because some portions of the cover page are printed in red ink a preliminary prospectus is sometimes called a red herring
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  • the common herring dried and smoked. Fig. something that merely distracts attention from the basic issue; esp. something irrelevant to the issue at hand, or something which is not true or does not exist.
Webster 1913

River herring

  • (Zoöl.), an alewife.
Webster 1913

smoked herring

  • noun a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
    red herring.
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Thread herring

  • (Zoöl.), the gizzard shad. See under Gizzard.
Webster 1913

White herring

  • a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as distinguished from a red, or cured, herring. R. Shak.
Webster 1913

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