Definition of neither fish nor fowl (nor good red herring) in English:

neither fish nor fowl (nor good red herring)

phrase

  • Of indefinite character and difficult to identify or classify.

    • ‘Sixty-two is a strange age to be, neither fish nor fowl, nor good red herring, it seems to me but I'm glad to discover that I'm not too old to be thrilled at the prospect of a nice birthday present.’
    • ‘I will consider each of the complaints in some detail, one by one, but the fundamental difficulty is that the Defendant's case from a legal point of view is neither fish nor fowl.’
    • ‘Trying to satisfy all constituents, it has usually come down right in the middle - not a good place to be, neither fish nor fowl.’
    • ‘The main reason for that is that they are neither fish nor fowl.’
    • ‘The Tory peer, said: ‘The whole system has to be looked at afresh because at present it is neither fish nor fowl.’’
    • ‘Here's a work that is obscure only because it is neither fish nor fowl; it is not quite a concerto, yet at twelve minutes, it is too long to be an encore.’
    • ‘Everybody said when we started out that you can't do this, you won't make a success of it, you're neither fish nor fowl.’
    • ‘Those suggestions are neither here nor there, neither fish nor fowl.’
    • ‘‘Now they are neither fish nor fowl and fewer students are taking them’, he said.’
    • ‘Creative nonfiction, however, is neither fish nor fowl.’
    ambiguous, doubtful, unclear, uncertain, indistinct, indefinite, indeterminate, open to question, debatable
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