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Kittle of Fish

A pretty kittle of fish. A pretty muddle, a bad job. Corruption of “kiddle of fish.” A kiddle is a basket set in the opening of a weir for catching fish. Perhaps the Welsh hidl or hidyl, a strainer. (See Kettle.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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