One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A greenish-bronze deep-bodied freshwater fish native to Europe, popular with anglers.
Abramis brama, family Cyprinidae
- ‘Experts will try to net all the native carp, bream and tench in the lake and take them to a fish farm before putting the poison into the water.’
- ‘He fished pellet at three and five metres to edge ahead of a crowded frame with carp, tench, chub, bream and barbel.’
- ‘It is to be stocked with carp, bream, tench and ide, the carp total being twice the amount of any other species.’
- ‘Environment Agency officers placed two oxygen pumps in the pond to stabilise it but more than 250 fish, including bream, carp, roach and tench died.’
- ‘There are herring and cod in the outer archipelago, but within casting range of land the fish are mostly fresh-water - perch, bream, pike, and zander.’
- ‘Of the five reservoirs in question two will be for specialist fishing (carp, bream and tench) and the others for general angling.’
- ‘A little further afield, Maple Lake at the Oaks is good for 30 to 40 lb pleasure nets and big bags of bream, carp and tench have been taken at Oaktree Leisure at Huby.’
- ‘The fish appear to be feeding hard again after the spawning season, and the other lakes in this area should also fish well, with roach, rudd, bream and some tench available to be caught.’
- ‘On Monday, EA officers began the work of removing large native fish including tench, bream and roach from Rather Heath Tarn.’
- ‘Luke and pal Anthony Stringer began putting the fish - mainly carp, bream, perch and roach - in huge bins he had filled with water until help finally arrived.’
- ‘I continued to catch roach with the odd nice rudd, tench and bream for the next hour and a half.’
- ‘On the mixed lake anglers were doing well for mixed bags of tench, carp, bream and a few roach.’
- ‘They lease the lake, which is stocked with tench, bream, perch, roach and chub, from Swindon Council.’
- ‘Jenny's Pool is classed as a pleasure lake and is stocked with a great variety of fish including double figure bream, big tench, smaller catfish, carp, roach and perch.’
- ‘An angler for 25 years, he will make the trip after he and Fearn finished fourth in a qualifying round on the New Junction Canal with a haul of bream, chub and roach.’
- ‘This holds some big roach, bream, tench, rudd and carp.’
- ‘Carp, tench and bream have really started to move in the last couple of days with forthcoming mating sharpening the appetite.’
- ‘Balling in chopped worm he took 14 carp, four bream and a tench for his 66-12-0.’
- ‘It is no longer just roach, dace, bream with the odd perch - carp appear to be more common than in the past.’
- ‘Carp, tench, bream and ide soon responded for a huge winning net of 106 lb 12 oz.’
- 1.1 Used in names of other fishes resembling or related to this, e.g., sea bream.
- ‘In winter it was fantastic fishing roach, chub, silver bream and slabs with the odd barbel and carp.’
- ‘Shoals of saddled bream and horse mackerel loitered mid-water.’
- ‘I was heartened to also see good concentrations of dentex bream, the northern Mediterranean's equivalent of the barracuda.’
- ‘The quality of the dentex is almost as good as that of the gilt-head bream and it is in keen demand.’
- ‘I tackled up for pike mainly with mackerel tails, perch and smelt, and had a box of worms and sweetcorn to liven up the action for smaller species such as bream and skimmer bream, roach or perch.’
- ‘Hake, red bream, tuna, Dover sole, and monkfish are the favourites, but anchovies, sardines and mackerel are also very much appreciated in the Basque Country.’
- ‘For an Anglicised version of this curry, use firm-fleshed fish with a good bony head such as black bream, grey mullet and gurnard, to help make the stock rich.’
- ‘After two hours all he's got is a tiddler bream and a silver trevally with poisonous spines.’
- ‘Everywhere around the margins there were shoal fish, creatures almost identical to skimmer bream and roach.’
Late Middle English: from Old French bresme, of Germanic origin; related to German Brachsen, Brassen.
Clear (a ship or its bottom) of weeds, shells, or other accumulated matter by burning and scraping it.
- ‘After being woken at 3am by his young daughter he realised that a heavy frost had fallen and would make breaming futile.’
- ‘Ships being breamed at a careenage would have fires built under them to burn off marine growth and faggots of reeds would be in demand for the purpose and might well have been sent down river in boat load quantities.’
- ‘She was then breamed, scraped, caulked, payed, sheathed and coppered in record time.’
Late 15th century: probably of Low German origin and related to broom.
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