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Fi'sher. n s. [from fish.] One who is employed in catching fish.

In our fight the three were taken up
By fishermen of Corinth, as we thought:
At length another had seiz'd on us,
And would have rest the fishers of their prey,
Had not they been very slow of sail.
Shakes. Comedy of Err.

We know that town is but with fishers fraught,
Where Theseus govern'd and where Plato taught.

Lest he should suspect it, draw it from him,
As fishers do the bait, to make him follow it.

A soldier now he with his coat appears;
A fisher now, his trembling angle bears;
Each shape he varies.

Sources: Cary, Lucius (Lord Falkland) (1) · Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Denham, John (75) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Sandys, George (23)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Fisher." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: September 7, 2014. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/fisher/.

  1. The lines attributed to Sandys are actually from a poem by Lucius Cary (Lord Falkland) dedicated to George Sandys.

  2. Brandi on September 7th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

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