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Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?

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 to be tied (1 of 3)

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 to be tied (2 of 3)

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 to be tied (3 of 3)

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 to be tied (1 of 2)

fit to be tied

Furious, enraged, as in I've been waiting for two hours and am fit to be tied. This expression implies anger so extreme that it requires physical restraint. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with fit to be tied (2 of 2)

fit

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