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    bull/fish

    hi to idiom learners,

    I need somebody's help.
    Is there a difference in meaning between "like a bull in a china shop" and " like a fish out of water"?

    thank you beforehand,
    madox

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    Re: bull/fish

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi to idiom learners,
    I need somebody's help.
    Is there a difference in meaning between "like a bull in a china shop" and " like a fish out of water"?
    thank you beforehand,
    madox
    Yes. The bull is rough and/or clumsy. The fish is just in an unsuitable place or context:
    "The man was running round like a bull in a china shop, knocking over tables and trampling the upset dishes underfoot."
    or even metaphorically (no physical damage)
    "I don't you going in there like a bull in a china shop, upsetting people by stirring up old antagonisms."
    But
    "Once out of his office, with no secretary to do the everyday things for him, he was like a fish out of water."

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    Re: bull/fish

    oh

    Thank you BobK for having "enlighten" me!

    madox

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    Re: bull/fish

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    "I don't you going in there like a bull in a china shop, upsetting people by stirring up old antagonisms."
    This should have been "I don't _want_ you...". You replied too quickly for me to edit it!

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    Re: bull/fish

    Bobk

    Never mind! I got the main point. And thank you again.

    madox

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