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 Ketmir or Katmir.Kettle of Fish. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Kettle (A),
a watch. A tin kittle is a silver watch. A red kittle is a gold watch. “Kettle,” or rather kittle, in slang language is a corrupt rendering of the words to-tick read backwards. (Compare Anglo-Saxon cetel, a kettle, with citel-ian, to tickle.)   1
   Thor’s great kettle. The god Thor wanted to brew some beer, but not having a vessel suited for the purpose in Valhalla, stole the kettle of the giant Hymer. (Scandinavian mythology.)   2

 Ketmir or Katmir.Kettle of Fish. 


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