Meaning of kettle of fish

ket'tle of fish'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an awkward, difficult, or bad situation; muddle; mess: He's managed to get himself into a fine kettle of fish!
  2. a state of affairs; a matter under consideration: The new proposal is quite a different kettle of fish from the last one.
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