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Difference between Feed the fish and Feed the fishes

feed the fish—(U.S. sl.) be sea-sick; vomit:

  • I opened the hatch, stepped out and then I knew I was going to feed the fish.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase feed the goldfish—(euph.) leave the company to go to the toilet:

  • The variations on these expressions are endless and include: go and feed a dog, go and feed the goldfish…

feed the fishes

1. (UK) be drowned (also: be food for fishes):

  • They found the boat but they didn’t find him. So he must be feeding the fishes.

2. = feed the fish:

  • The sea never affects me, but my unfortunate brother spent most of his time feeding the fishes.