fish in troubled waters


fish in troubled waters
phrasal
: to profit or attempt to profit from unsettled or troubled conditions

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fish in troubled waters
To take advantage of disturbed times to further one's own interests
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Main Entry:fish

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  • fish\ in\ troubled\ waters — • fish in muddy • fish in troubled waters v. phr. To take advantage of a troubled or confusing situation; seek personal advantage. With the police disorganized after the collapse of communism in Europe, many criminals started to fish in troubled… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fish in troubled waters — Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fish in troubled waters —    If you fish in troubled waters, you try to gain advantages for yourself from a disturbed state of affairs.     Between the declaration of independence and the first elections, some people were accused of fishing in troubled waters …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fish in troubled waters — use a troubled situation to one s own advantage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fish in troubled waters — to try to take advantage of a confused situation. Fish reputedly bite better in rough water …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fish in troubled waters — idi to take advantage of uncertain conditions for personal profit …   From formal English to slang

  • to fish in troubled waters — go fishing in polluted waters, scrabble about, dig in the dirt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • troubled waters — Digest 20/2002 emotionally rough times or an unsettled situation The boy has been arrested repeatedly and has been in and out of jail for months. He s deep in troubled waters. The expression uses the metaphor of rough (troubled) water. See: pour… …   Idioms and examples

  • fish\ in\ muddy — • fish in muddy • fish in troubled waters v. phr. To take advantage of a troubled or confusing situation; seek personal advantage. With the police disorganized after the collapse of communism in Europe, many criminals started to fish in troubled… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fish — [fish] n. pl. fish; in referring to different species, fishes [ME < OE fisc, akin to Ger fisch, Du visch < IE base * pisk > L piscis] 1. any of three classes (jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes) of coldblooded vertebrate animals… …   English World dictionary