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in fine fettle

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 had been in fine fettle for a while, but now that school is over I'm feeling pretty sad.
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in fine fettle

INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone or something is in fine fettle, they are in very good health or condition. You seem in fine fettle. Helped by low interest rates, the banks are in fine fettle.
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in fine fettle

in very good condition.
Fettle was recorded in a mid 18th-century glossary of Lancashire dialect as meaning ‘dress, case, condition’. It is now seldom found outside this phrase and its variants, which include in good fettle and in high fettle .
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fine fettle, in

In excellent condition. This expression comes from the old dialect verb “to fettle,” which meant to put right. It was first put as “in good fettle,” and was so used throughout the nineteenth century. Alliteration has helped it to survive.
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The poor committee was in a panic and without a remedy in sight, got on with entertainment by Fine Fettle with accordion, songs and banjo, and David Munro telling jokes.
Loose Chips 3.20 Sandown SP forecast 15-8 Course-and-distance winner who looked in fine fettle when runner-up at Chepstow (few of these behind) on his reappearance and conditions will suit.
The Ralph Beckett-trained five-year-old won at Epsom last time out and is, my friend assures me, in fine fettle.
Barande-Barbe, however, is delighted to report her stable star in fine fettle and is looking forward to seeing her charge return to Britain for Ascot's midsummer showpiece on July 27.
Ryan James and his men started in fine fettle and they looked to be comfortable after a first half in which outside half Steffan Jones landed a hat-trick of penalty goals to given them a deserved 14- 3 lead at the interval.
The Mark Johnston trained filly was a head second behind Labarinto at Sandown last time and is clearly in fine fettle.
While close-up video of the monarch showed her infected left eye, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson refused to explain the cause, only saying that "nothing untoward" happened and Her Majesty was in "fine fettle".
LEE WESTWOOD will head into Thursday's US Open in fine fettle after clinching a five-shot victory at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm.
Andrew Selby, of course, has the little matter of the London 2012 Olympics to attend to this summer and the flyweight is in fine fettle having won gold at the A.Socikas tournament in Lithuania last week.
Unbeaten in 11 matches, United are in fine fettle but Lawson knows they cannot afford defeat against Durham City this afternoon.
Clarke, in particular, appears in fine fettle. He ended the game with match-figures of 15-9-15-6 to go with his 66 runs with the bat.
Trainer Victor Dartnall has his horses in fine fettle on the eve of Cheltenham - he also struck at Chepstow with Great Gusto.
The Ancients are in fine fettle after progressing to the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup with last week's fine 1-0 win at Welsh Premier side Aberystwyth Town.
Despite missing out on the prize, C&H were in fine fettle as they played their album - Diamond Mine - in its entirety.
<p>AaAaAaAa Micro-credit in Morocco "is in fine fettle and is well developed," the French economist and writer said, noting that microfinance is "an excellent tool of development" and that new technologies constitute "a factor of the financial system's growth".Aa