be in fine fettle

be in fine fettle

To be in good physical and/or mental health. A: "I heard you had the flu last week, so how are you feeling now?" B: "I'm finally back in fine fettle, thank goodness!" I was in fine fettle for a while, but now that school is over I'm feeling pretty sad.
See also: fettle, fine
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Fitzgerald reports the eight-year-old to be in fine fettle ahead of the stamina test as he aims to turn around Nottingham form, having finished ninth behind cup rivals Double Banded and Tilt on his reappearance last month.
The five-year-old (pictured above), winner of seven Group One contests, was reported to be in fine fettle and on schedule for her career finale in the Hong Kong Vase ( a race she won 12 months ago ( in Sha Tin on December 10.
Hobbs reports Richard Johnson's mount to be in fine fettle and sees no problem with a return to the minimum distance.
Miss Knight reports Impek to be in fine fettle and said: ''His rider was knocked off in the Cheltenham race after which he jumped a couple of hurdles and galloped loose.
Peters, Culkin and the Douglas clan will all live down ``It Runs in the Family'' Here's hoping 86-year-old Kirk, looking to be in fine fettle, is making his next movie even as we speak.
And Miss Knight reported the eight-year-old to be in fine fettle following his impressive victory on Thursday.
Although an Ascot absentee, Callaghan reported the Pivotal colt to be in fine fettle after his nine-length romp in the National Stakes at Sandown last time.