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    herring at sprat

    Looking up the definition of "herring" (here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...ing?q=Herring+), on the right, I noticed a phrase "hearring at sprat", but the clicking on the link doesn't lead to the phrase; there is the definition of the word "sprat" there instead. I've got intrigued. What does it mean?

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    Re: herring at sprat

    I've never heard that phrase in my life. However, I think what they meant was that the word "herring" also appears at the entry for the word "sprat". It's very poorly worded though, if that's what they meant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: herring at sprat

    I think the dictionary site link means that you can find the word "herring" in the page for the word "sprat".

    It could also mean that a sports team called "the Herring" were playing a game in the stadium of their rival, the Sprat, but I think that's more than a little unlikely.
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    Re: herring at sprat

    I haven't heard it as a phrase either. This definition says that sprats are members of the herring family:

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprat

    Your dictionary is making a similar link, but less clearly. It is using at to mean that it is found in the definition.

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