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 Kitely (2 syl.).Klaus (Peter). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Kittle of Fish.
 
A pretty kittle of fish. A pretty muddle, a bad job. Corruption of “kiddle of fish.” A kiddle is a basket set in the opening of a weir for catching fish. Perhaps the Welsh hidl or hidyl, a strainer. (See KETTLE.)   1
 


 Kitely (2 syl.).Klaus (Peter). 

 
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