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Definition of fettle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fettle

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfetl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetl//
 
 
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Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the general sense ‘get ready, prepare’, specifically ‘prepare oneself for battle, gird up’): from dialect fettle ‘strip of material, girdle’, from Old English fetel, of Germanic origin; related to German Fessel ‘chain, band’.Idioms
in fine/good fettle
 
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(old-fashioned, informal) healthy; in good condition The team is in fine fettle. Park Foods is in fine fettle after selling off all non-core businesses.
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