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Kettle of fish originally (in late 18th-century Scotland) an expression for a kettle of fish cooked during a boating excursion or picnic, and thus applied to the picnic itself. The ironical use a pretty kettle of fish! is likely to be an extension of this.

See also the pot calling the kettle black.

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