The meetings were only memorable when Tammas Haggart was in fettle, to pronounce judgments in his well-known sarcastic way.
The gunners and swabbers were putting their cannon in fettle below decks.
Theer's gude years ahead o' yon dogs, but I've na mind to gi' 'em the wark they need to keep 'em in fettle.
With them gals to hender us we ain't a-going to be in no fettle for a skimper-scamper race with a fresh wheen o' the redskins.
"Faith, an' it's my mither's ain son that could fettle that," said the curate.
That's a match some old cats would lap tea all night to fettle up.'
These were nebulous questions, but I was in fettle for anything; boat-stealing was a bagatelle.
One branch of my duty is to fettle your horse; and in Flamborough they fettle them on stale fish.
fettle, v. To put in order, to repair or mend any thing that is broken or defective.
Being across the Umganie with Monyosi and his dog one day in search of buck, I found the elephants in very bad “fettle.”
"condition, state, trim," c.1750, Lancashire dialect, from fettle (v.) "to make ready, arrange" (14c.), perhaps from Old English fetel "a girdle, belt," from Proto-Germanic *fatiloz (cf. German fessel "fetter, chain," Old Norse fetill "strap, brace"), from *fat- "to hold."
fettle fet·tle (fět'l)
Proper or sound condition.
Mental or emotional state; spirits.