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or farfetched

[fahr-fecht] /ˈfɑrˈfɛtʃt/
improbable; not naturally pertinent; being only remotely connected; forced; strained:
He brought in a far-fetched example in an effort to prove his point.
Origin of far-fetched
First recorded in 1575-85
Related forms
far-fetchedness, farfetchedness, noun
Can be confused
far-fetched, far-flung, far-reaching. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for far-fetched
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  • To ascribe them specially to God would seem to us far-fetched.

  • It is a far-fetched idea; but still it is her idea and I must submit.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • "Maybe my idea of asking for help wasn't so far-fetched," she said quietly.

    This One Problem M. C. Pease
  • “A far-fetched enough parallel,” I observed coldly to Marlow.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • You may be right, of course, but it sounds kind of far-fetched to me.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for far-fetched


improbable in nature; unlikely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for far-fetched

also far fetched, farfetched, 1560s, "brought from afar," from far + past participle of fetch. An earlier form was far fet (1530s). Figurative sense is from c.1600.

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