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Synonyms for herring

valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific

commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific

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Gently the Badgers trotted to the shore The sandy shore that fringed the bay: Each in his mouth a living Herring bore-- Those aged ones waxed gay: Clear rang their voices through the ocean's roar,
They slashed down on us like a knife; simply ripped the after gas-chambers like gutting herrings, crumpled up the engines and screw.
Mamma," said Rosamond, "when Fred comes down I wish you would not let him have red herrings.
As he approached he saw that they had five dried herrings laid out in front of them, with a great hunch of wheaten bread and a leathern flask full of milk, but instead of setting to at their food they appeared to have forgot all about it, and were disputing together with flushed faces and angry gestures.
The men went into the dining-room and went up to a table, laid with six sorts of spirits and as many kinds of cheese, some with little silver spades and some without, caviar, herrings, preserves of various kinds, and plates with slices of French bread.
He asked this member of the fraternity (who had two red herrings in his hand, and a loaf and a blacking brush under his arm), where was the nearest place to get a cup of coffee at.
Both, says I; and let's have a couple of smoked herring by way of variety.