in fine feather

in fine feather

 
1. Fig. well dressed; of an excellent appearance. (Alludes to a bird that has clean, bright, and flawless feathers.) Well, you are certainly in fine feather today. I like to be in fine feather when I have to give a speech.
2. Fig. in good form; in good spirits. Mary was really in fine feather tonight. Her concert was great! I feel in fine feather and ready to go!
See also: feather, fine

in fine feather

Also, in good or high feather . In excellent form, health, or humor. For example, He was in fine feather, joking with all his visitors. These expressions all allude to a bird's healthy plumage, a usage dating from the late 1500s and no longer very common.
See also: feather, fine

in fine feather

1. mod. well dressed; of an excellent appearance. (As a healthy bird might be.) Well, you are certainly in fine feather today.
2. mod. in good form; in good spirits. Mary is really in fine feather tonight.
See also: feather, fine
References in classic literature ?
Dowley was in fine feather, and I early got him started, and then adroitly worked him around onto his own history for a text and himself for a hero, and then it was good to sit there and hear him hum.
in fine feather Elaine Waterworth and Louise Allen from Slane, Co Meath, yesterday