fit as a fiddle


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*fit as a fiddle

Cliché in very good health. (*Also: as ~.) You may feel sick now, but after a few days of rest and plenty of liquids, you'll be fit as a fiddle. Grandson: Are you sure you'll be able to climb all these stairs? Grandmother: Of course! I feel as fit as a fiddle today.
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fit as a fiddle

In excellent form or health. For example, He's not just recovered, he's fit as a fiddle. The original allusion of this simile has been lost. Its survival is probably due to the pleasant sound of its alliteration. [Early 1600s]
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fit as a fiddle

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

fit as a flea

BRITISH
If someone is as fit as a fiddle or as fit as a flea, they are very fit and healthy. Note: In the first two idioms here, `fit' means healthy and full of energy. He was nearly 80 and as fit as a fiddle. He is young enough at 33 and fit as a flea. Note: This expression may originally have applied to a violin player, or fiddler, rather than to a violin, or fiddle. The fiddler had to be fit in order to play all evening at a festival or party. Alternatively, `fit' could mean `suitable' rather than `healthy', so the original meaning may have been `as suitable for its purpose as a fiddle is for making music'.
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fit as a fiddle

in very good health.
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(as) ˌfit as a ˈfiddle

(also ˌfighting ˈfit) very healthy and active: After our walking holiday, I came back feeling fit as a fiddle.
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Fit as a Fiddle runs 32 different sessions across the city and is now looking to branch out into more intense sessions like racketball and Zumba.
For details about the Fit as a Fiddle programme contact 024 7643 3979 or email Susan.
Age Concern is launching a health campaign aimed at the over-50s, called Fit as a Fiddle.