Fish - 1. v. To swing at a pitch outside the strike zone; e.g., "the pitcher tried to make me fish." 2. n. A batter who refuses the lure of swinging at pitches outside the strike zone; e.g., "the fish ain't biting." Dish - Syn. for home plate, an obvious play on the word "plate." First use. 1907. (New York Evening Journal, Apr. 17; Edward J. Nichols).