fit

2
[ fit ]
/ fɪt /

noun

a sudden, acute attack or manifestation of a disease, especially one marked by convulsions or unconsciousness: a fit of epilepsy.
an onset, spell, or period of emotion, feeling, inclination, activity, etc.: a fit of anger; a fit of weeping.

Idioms

    by/in fits and starts, at irregular intervals; intermittently: This radio works by fits and starts.
    throw a fit, to become extremely excited or angry: Your father will throw a fit when he hears what you have done.

Origin of fit

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fitt round of fighting. See fit3
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British Dictionary definitions for throw a fit (1 of 3)

fit

1
/ (fɪt) /

verb fits, fitting or fitted or US fit

adjective fitter or fittest

noun

See also fit in, fit out, fit up
Derived Formsfittable, adjective

Word Origin for fit

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

British Dictionary definitions for throw a fit (2 of 3)

fit

2
/ (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 throw a fit (3 of 3)

fit

3
/ (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 throw a fit (1 of 2)

throw a fit


see have a fit.

Idioms and Phrases with throw a fit (2 of 2)

fit


In addition to the idioms beginning with fit

  • fit as a fiddle
  • fit in
  • fit like a glove
  • fit out
  • fits and starts, by
  • fit to be tied
  • fit to kill

also see:

  • give someone fits
  • have a fit
  • if the shoe fits
  • see fit to
  • survival of the fittest
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