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ain't fittin' to roll with a pig
Dirty and/or boorish. After spending all day doing construction work, Jack ain't fittin' to roll with a pig.
fit on the back of a postage stamp
Fit in a very small space, because there is very little content. This phrase is used to indicate that one knows very little about something. The idea is that one could only fill a very small space—like the back of a postage stamp—writing what one knows about the topic. I am definitely going to fail this test—what I know about Victorian poetry could fit on the back of a postage stamp!
fit to drop
Completely exhausted, fatigued, or worn out. I was fit to drop after only the first mile of the race; I could barely even walk for the rest of it!
1. To become assimilated into and accepted by a group. I just don't fit in with any of the kids at my new school.
2. To blend or work harmoniously with something. Working in a research lab really fits in with my shy personality.
3. To be able to be placed within something because there is sufficient space. Do these papers fit into that file? I know it's practically bulging at the seams.
4. To be able to place something within something because there is sufficient space. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "fit" and "in(to)." Can you fit these papers into that file? I know it's practically bulging at the seams.
See also: fit
fit like a glove
1. To be perfectly sized for someone, as of an article of clothing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fit" and "like." The alterations turned out great—that gown really fits you like a glove now. These shoes are too big—I need to find ones that fit like a glove so that I don't trip.
2. To be very suited for someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fit" and "like." She's very shy, so working in a research lab really fits her like a glove.
fit the bill
To be helpful, useful, or what is needed in a certain situation. A: "I need another string of lights." B: "Will this one fit the bill?"
fit a quart into a pint pot
To cram too much into a small container or space. (A quart is a larger amount than a pint, so getting a quart into a pint pot is impossible.) Primarily heard in UK. A: "Just sit on my suitcase while I try zipping it again." B: "Oh, quit trying to fit a quart into a pint pot."
suit (one) to a T
To be ideal or perfectly appropriate for one; to be completely in line with one's tastes, preferences, interests, style, etc. A: "Gosh, it's been sweltering lately!" B: "I'm cold all the time, so this hot weather suits me to a T." I was nervous when he said he was buying a purple tuxedo, but is somehow suits him to a T. That kind of work fitted her to a T, but when the company closed she had to settle for something a bit more mundane.
See also: suit
suit (one) to a tee
To be ideal or perfectly appropriate for one; to be completely in line with one's tastes, preferences, interests, style, etc. A: "Gosh, it's been sweltering lately!" B: "I'm cold all the time, so this hot weather suits me to a tee." I was nervous when he said he was buying a purple tuxedo, but is somehow suits him to a tee. That kind of work fitted her to a tee, but when the company closed she had to settle for something a bit more mundane.
fit around (something)
To be the right size to envelope or surround something. Come on, that's not enough wrapping paper to fit around this box—look at how small that piece is!
fit on (something)
To attach or place something onto something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fit" and "on." I can't fit on these gloves—are you sure they're mine? You know, you can adjust that wrench if you can't fit it on the nut.
1. Of two or more things, to be shaped in a way that allows them to physically connect. No, these two puzzle pieces don't fit together—pass me that piece near your hand.
2. To cause two or more things to fit together. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fit" and "together." Nope, I had no luck fitting those two puzzle pieces together.
ain't fittin' to roll with a pig
Rur. is or are filthy or uncouth. After a day's work in the hot sun, Clyde ain't fittin' to roll with a pig.
fit like a glove
Fig. to fit very well; to fit snugly. My new shoes fit like a glove. My new coat is a little tight. It fits like a glove.
fit something together
to put the parts of something together. First you have to fit the pieces together to see if they are all there. I think I can fit the parts of the model airplane together. Do you think you can fit together all the parts of the puzzle?
[for things] to conform in shape to one another. All the pieces of the puzzle fit together. They really do. This nut and bolt just don't fit together.
fit like a glove
Be the right size and well suited; also, be in conformity with. For example, That position fits him like a glove. Tobias Smollett used this simile, rather incongruously, in Humphry Clinker (1771): "The boots ... fitted me like a glove." [Second half of 1700s] Also see to a T.
fit the billor
fill the bill
COMMON If someone or something fits the bill, they are exactly the right person or thing for a particular situation. I wanted someone who really knew their way around film-making and I knew that Richard would fit the bill. Finding somewhere peaceful to paint was their main priority when it came to finding a home — and their 17th-century house on a remote hillside certainly fits the bill. `Tea? Coffee?' — `Coffee would just fill the bill.' Note: The `bill' in this expression is a public notice advertising something such as a show or a play.
fit a quart into a pint potor
squeeze a quart into a pint potBRITISH
If someone is trying to fit a quart into a pint pot or squeeze a quart into a pint pot, they are trying to put a large amount of something into a container or space that is too small. In putting together a `brief' article on the Tay Bridge Disaster, I was faced with the problem of fitting a quart into a pint pot, there being so much material available. We're trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot in terms of the amount of time we have to cover everything. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of fit or squeeze. `The builders tried to put a quart into a pint pot,' he commented, pointing to the narrow space between the house and its neighbours either side. Note: A quart is a unit of measure for liquids. It is equal to two pints.
fit (or fill) the billbe suitable for a particular purpose.
Bill in this context is a printed list of items on a theatrical programme or advertisement.
fit (or ready) to dropworn out; exhausted.
fit like a glove(of clothes) fit exactly.
1989 T. M. Albert Tales of an Ulster Detective McNinch invited him to try the shoe on his foot, which he did—and it fitted him like a glove.