Bigger Fish to Fry - Idiom of the Week

Bigger Fish to Fry - Idiom of the Week

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are giving too much attention to the task, situation, or topic that you are currently facing? Maybe you soon realized that there are better ways you could be spending your time or energy. I get it! We’ve all been there. We ALL have bigger fish to fry!

So what does this mean?


To have “bigger fish to fry” means that you have more important or more interesting things to do or give your attention to.*


After spending 30 minutes discussing where we wanted to eat on Saturday night, we realized that we had bigger fish to fry, so we flipped a coin and made up our minds!


The direct origin of this phrase is unknown, though there are records of various versions of it dating back 400 years. There are very similar common phrases used in German, Spanish, and Italian, more or less translating to “having other things to do.”**

While this example has somewhat violent, and perhaps less than ethical implications, it is currently used to mean that the world is ours to enjoy and encourages us to take advantage of every opportunity we can.

The verdict is still out on how fish were brought into the equation.

*The Free Dictionary