herring at sprat

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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.
 

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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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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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