Idioms

    fill and stand on, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to proceed on a tack after being hove to or halted facing the wind; fill away.
    fill the bill. bill1(def 16).

Origin of fill

before 900; Middle English fillen, Old English fyllan; cognate with German füllen, Gothic fulljan to make full; see full1

SYNONYMS FOR fill

Related forms

fill·a·ble, adjectivehalf-filled, adjectiveun·filled, adjectivewell-filled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fill away (1 of 2)

fill away

verb

(intr, adverb) nautical to cause a vessel's sails to fill, either by steering it off the wind or by bracing the yards

British Dictionary definitions for fill away (2 of 2)

fill

/ (fɪl) /

verb (mainly tr often foll by up)


noun

material such as gravel, stones, etc, used to bring an area of ground up to a required level
one's fill the quantity needed to satisfy oneto eat your fill

Word Origin for fill

Old English fyllan; related to Old Frisian fella, Old Norse fylla, Gothic fulljan, Old High German fullen; see full 1, fulfil
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Idioms and Phrases with fill away

fill

In addition to the idioms beginning with fill

  • filled to the brim
  • fill in
  • fill out
  • fill someone's shoes
  • fill the bill

also see:

  • back and fill
  • get one's fill of

Also see underfull.


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