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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
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Idioms for fit

    fit to be tied, Informal. extremely annoyed or angry: He was fit to be tied when I told him I'd wrecked the car.
    fit to kill, Informal. to the limit; exceedingly: She was dressed up fit to kill.

Origin of fit

1
1325–75; Middle English fitten; akin to Middle Dutch vitten to befit

usage note for fit

Both fit and fitted are standard as past tense and past participle of fit1 : The new door fit (or fitted ) the old frame perfectly. The suit had fitted (or fit ) well last year. Fitted is somewhat more common than fit in the sense “to adjust, make conform”: The tailor fitted the suit with a minimum of fuss. In the passive voice, fitted is the more common past participle: The door was fitted with a new handle.

OTHER WORDS FROM fit

fit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·fit·ta·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fit out (1 of 4)

fit out

verb

(tr, adverb) to equip; supply with necessary or new equipment, clothes, etc

noun fit-out

the act of equipping or supplying with necessary or new equipment; refurbishment

British Dictionary definitions for fit out (2 of 4)

fit1
/ (fɪt) /

verb fits, fitting or fitted or US fit

adjective fitter or fittest

noun

See also fit in, fit out, fit up

Derived forms of fit

fittable, adjective

Word Origin for fit

C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit

British Dictionary definitions for fit out (3 of 4)

fit2
/ (fɪt) /

noun

verb fits, fitting or fitted

(intr) informal to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure

Word Origin for fit

Old English fitt conflict; see fit ³

British Dictionary definitions for fit out (4 of 4)

fit3
/ (fɪt) /

noun

archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song

Word Origin for fit

Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn
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Idioms and Phrases with fit out (1 of 2)

fit out

Also, fit up. Equip or supply what is needed, as in They promised to fit out the expedition free of charge. This expression, dating from the late 1600s, originally was confined to furnishing a ship or other vessel with supplies, repairs, and the like. By the 1720s it was being used more broadly, as it still is.

Idioms and Phrases with fit out (2 of 2)

fit

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