In fine fettle

In fine fettle is an idiom that contains a fossil word. A fossil word is an obsolete word that is no longer in common use, yet is preserved in certain phrases or idioms. We will examine the meaning of the idiom in fine fettle, where it comes from and some examples of its use in sentences.

In fine fettle means in good condition, healthy, feeling good. The idiom in fine fettle is somewhat old-fashioned, but it is still in use. Fettle is a fossil word, and is almost never seen except in the phrase in fine fettle. Fettle means status or condition, and is derived from the Middle English word fetlen which means to prepare or put into shape, or the Old English word fetian, which means to fetch.

Examples

The defending champions have performed well since then, especially in their Asia sojourn, but with Smith and Warner re-integrating with the side, current captain Aaron Finch will need a more experienced hand on his shoulders to ensure that the atmosphere within the team is in fine fettle. (The Economic Times)

JOHN Gosden reports Stradivarius in fine fettle ahead of his seasonal reappearance in today’s Matchbook Yorkshire Cup at York. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

The U.S. economy is in fine fettle and is operating at or close to the Federal Reserve’s twin goals of maximum employment and price stability, Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said. (Bloomberg News)

Each are in fine fettle here, with Poulter congratulating Tiger on handling the pressure of a Poulter gallery on moving day and Tiger becoming incensed when Poulter swipes one his trademark cliches right out from under him. (Golf Digest)