Definition of a fish out of water in English:

a fish out of water

phrase

  • A person in a completely unsuitable environment or situation.

    ‘senior bankers are fish out of water when it comes to international lending’
    • ‘I'll be a fish out of water there, I'm sure, but it will be a view of the community I have not had yet.’
    • ‘Just last week he was a fish out of water who had made a disastrous career move that saw his legacy as one of England's greatest ever strikers in tatters at departures.’
    • ‘She's very much a fish out of water and she's trying to manage a personal life as well as be good at her job.’
    • ‘I've felt like a fish out of water, being cut off from the internet.’
    • ‘‘I find acting nerve-racking and I feel like a fish out of water,’ he says.’
    • ‘Without the Army, big Stan was a fish out of water.’
    • ‘Lenny is a tender soul, which makes him a fish out of water in his world.’
    • ‘I might be a fish out of water, but I reckon I've heard them all.’
    • ‘‘I've always been a fish out of water, never accepted,’ he says.’
    • ‘In the city he is a fish out of water with absolutely no sense of direction.’