soup and fish

1) evening or formal dress
2) a formal, white-tie dinner (nineteenth century America)

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • soup and fish — noun informal, dated men s evening dress. Origin so named from the traditional first two courses of a formal dinner. soup and fish noun informal, dated men s evening dress. → soup something up …   English new terms dictionary

  • soup-and-fish — soup′ and fish′ n. Informal. inf a man s formal evening clothes • Etymology: 1915–20; alluding to the early courses of a formal dinner …   From formal English to slang

  • soup-and-fish — /soohp euhn fish /, n. Informal. a man s formal evening clothes. [alluding to the early courses of a formal dinner] * * * soup and fish «SOOP uhn FIHSH», noun. Informal. a man s formal evening suit. ╂[because soup and fish are served at formal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • soup-and-fish — /soohp euhn fish /, n. Informal. a man s formal evening clothes. [alluding to the early courses of a formal dinner] * * * …   Universalium

  • soup and fish — (Slang) tuxedo, men s formal evening wear …   English contemporary dictionary

  • soup and fish — noun Etymology: so called from the kind of dishes served at formal dinners : formal evening dress for men …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Fish ball — Fish balls are a commonly cooked food in southern China and overseas Chinese communities. As the name suggests, the ball is made of fish meat that has been finely pulverized. Gourmet fish balls are pulverized by hand. Fish balls are a type of… …   Wikipedia

  • soup — /sup / (say soohp) noun 1. a liquid food made from meat, fish, or vegetables, with various added ingredients, by boiling or simmering. 2. Surfing Colloquial foaming water, caused by the breaking of a wave. –phrase Colloquial 3. from soup to nuts …   Australian English dictionary

  • fish chowder — a thick soup mix of cooked fish and/or shellfish and potatoes in a broth made from pork, flour, seasonings and fish stock …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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