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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Definitions for fettle

  1. A state or condition of fitness or order; state of mind; spirits -- often used in the phrase "in fine fettle."

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Citations for fettle
Aside from the problems with her voice . . . Miss Garland was in fine fettle last night. Vincent Canby, New York Times
Back in 1987, the Conservatives won a thumping majority in a June general election, primarily because the economy was seen by grateful voters to be in fine fettle. Larry Elliott, The Guardian
Origin of fettle
Fettle is from Middle English fetlen, "to set in order," originally "to gird up," from Old English fetel, "a girdle."