- the necessary ingredients: salad fixings.
- the appropriate accompaniments; trimmings: turkey with all the fixings.
Origin of fixing
verb (used with object), fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
- to make stable in consistency or condition; reduce from fluidity or volatility to a more stable state.
- to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a useful compound, as a nitrate fertilizer.
verb (used without object), fixed or fixt, fix·ing.
- a charted position of a vessel or aircraft, determined by two or more bearings taken on landmarks, heavenly bod-ies, etc.
- the determining of the position of a ship, plane, etc., by mathematical, electronic, or other means: The navigator took a fix on the sun and steered the ship due north.
- an injection of heroin or other narcotic.
- the narcotic or amount of narcotic injected.
- a compulsively sought dose or infusion of something: to need one's daily fix of soap operas on TV.
- an underhand or illegal arrangement, especially one secured through bribery or influence.
- a contest, situation, etc., whose outcome is prearranged dishonestly.
- to arrange for: to fix up a date.
- to provide with; furnish.
- to repair; renew.
- to smooth over; solve: They weren't able to fix up their differences.
Origin of fix
Fix ( to ) meaning “to prepare, plan (to)” is another Americanism: We're fixing to go to town. It once occurred in all the eastern coastal states, but it is now chiefly an informal spoken form in the South Midland and South.
Examples from the Web for fixing
His stories about his tenure in Washington hype his success in fixing housing problems in “inner cities.”
But Uber failed to take any steps in fixing their civil rights problem.
Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder is fixing small businesses, one brilliant idea at a time.Nathan Fielder’s Business Theater: ‘Dumb Starbucks’ Wasn’t a Prank|Rich Goldstein|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These changes are being made under the guise of fixing a country on the verge of collapse.Australia Wants to Open the Great Barrier Reef to Dumping|Kirsten Alexander|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The producers kept claiming they were fixing the problems, but there was no evidence of anything improving.How ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finally Found Its Way|Jason Lynch|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I was giving him some excellent advice," said the marquise, fixing her fresh, cold eyes upon our hero.The American|Henry James
He was whittling, and a little boy snuggled close, fixing intent regard on the work.The Landloper|Holman Day
"Here it is," he answered, pulling off his blouse and fixing it to the stick.A Tramp Abroad, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In addition to fixing the capacities of these standard baskets of this type, the law also prescribes their dimensions.
Another was trying to discover a defect in his ignition system, and others were oiling, fixing or warming up their motors.The Motor Boys on the Wing|Clarence Young
verb (mainly tr)
- to convert (atmospheric nitrogen) into nitrogen compounds, as in the manufacture of fertilizers or the action of bacteria in the soil
- to convert (carbon dioxide) into organic compounds, esp carbohydrates, as occurs in photosynthesis in plants and some microorganisms
Word Origin for fix
"position from which it is difficult to move," 1809, American English, from fix (v.). Meaning "dose of narcotic" is from 1934, shortened from fix-up (1867, originally in reference to liquor).
late 14c., "set (one's eyes or mind) on something," probably from Old French *fixer, from fixe "fixed," from Latin fixus "fixed, fast, immovable, established, settled," past participle of figere "to fix, fasten," from PIE root *dhigw- "to stick, to fix."
Sense of "fasten, attach" is c.1400; that of "settle, assign" is pre-1500 and evolved into "adjust, arrange" (1660s), then "repair" (1737). Sense of "tamper with" (a fight, a jury, etc.) is 1790. As euphemism for "castrate a pet" it dates from 1930. Related: Fixed; fixedly (1590s); fixing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fix
- fix someone's wagon
- fix up
- get a fix
- get a fix on
- if it ain't broke don't fix it
- in a fix