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fetch (something) out of (something)
To take something out of something. Can you please go and fetch the rest of the groceries out of my car?
1. old-fashioned To go up to someone or something with the express purpose of taking them or it away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fetch" and "away." I had been at the party for less than an hour before my parents fetched me away in a fury. I sent my assistant to fetch away my new clothes from the tailor.
2. obsolete Of something on a sailing vessel, to come loose from restraints during a storm and slide, roll, or otherwise move leeward. The storm pitched so violently that all the furniture began fetching away.
To retrieve something and bring it inside. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fetch" and "in." Can you please go out to my car and fetch in the rest of the groceries?
See also: fetch
To take something out of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fetch" and "out." Can you please go and fetch the rest of the groceries out of my car? Here, I fetched out a drink for you.
1. To make up the difference between oneself and someone or something, so as to be at an equal level, status, or point of progress If we speed up, we might be able to fetch up with the car ahead of us!
2. To reach a particular location, often unintentionally. We wanted to go to the beach on Saturday, but because traffic was so bad, we fetched up at the mall instead. When my car's engine overheated, I fetched up at the mechanic instead of my big job interview. Hey, how was Saturday night? Where did you fetch up at?
3. To reach the same level, progress, or quality as someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fetch" and "up." If you don't fetch up your play to the level of your teammates, you'll probably start your season on the bench.
4. To produce, make, or yield something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fetch" and "up." How on earth did the caterers fetch up 100 cupcakes with just 20 minutes' notice?
5. To stop something. Geez, can someone please fetch up that blaring alarm?
6. slang To vomit. I felt like I was going to fetch up from seasickness out on that boat.
fetch up at (some place)
To arrive at some place or destination. So when do you guys think you'll fetch up at the hotel?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
fetch something in
to bring or pull something in. Would you please fetch some more firewood in? Can you fetch in the paper?
See also: fetch
Sl. to empty one's stomach; to vomit. I really felt like I was going to fetch up. Somebody fetched up in here and didn't clean it up.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To move fast enough to attain the same progress as another; catch up: They struggled to fetch up with the leader of the hike.
2. To make something equal or on a par with something else: You'd better fetch up your grades to the class average. Fetch your scores up to our median and you'll have a good chance for admission.
3. To bring something forth; to produce something: We fetched up a basketful of blueberries to make a pie. Please fetch some tomatoes up from the garden.
4. To reach a stopping place or goal; end up: I fell over my skis and fetched up in a heap on the snow.
5. To bring something to a halt; to stop something: Please fetch up the noise; I can't hear.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. I really felt like I was going to fetch up.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.