Idioms

    fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.

Origin of fetch

1
before 1000; Middle English fecchen, Old English fecc(e)an, variant of fetian to fetch (compare Middle English feten, fetten, British dialect fet; akin to Old English -fat in sīthfat journey, German fassen to grasp)
Related formsfetch·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See bring.
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British Dictionary definitions for fetch up (1 of 3)

fetch up


verb (adverb)

(intr; usually foll by at or in) informal to arrive (at) or end up (in)to fetch up in New York
(intr) nautical to stop suddenly, as from running agroundto fetch up on a rock
slang to vomit (food, etc)
(tr) British dialect to rear (children, animals, etc)

British Dictionary definitions for fetch up (2 of 3)

fetch

1
/ (fɛtʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for fetch

Old English feccan; related to Old Norse feta to step, Old High German sih fazzōn to climb

British Dictionary definitions for fetch up (3 of 3)

fetch

2
/ (fɛtʃ) /

noun

the ghost or apparition of a living person

Word Origin for fetch

C18: of unknown origin
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