Anyone musical out there? Today’s expression is: fit as a fiddle!
So why? Where does it come from?
The word « fit » refers to being in good condition, that is, the fiddle (violin) must be suitable, or fit for purpose. 1 The phrase did not always look exactly like this, in the past, a person could also say: as fine as a fiddle, for example. Indeed, Thomas Dekker (The Batchelars Banquet, 1603) and W. Haughton’s (English-men for my Money, 1616) qualified a lady as fine as a fiddle and fit as a fiddle in their respective works.2
So, to be as fit as a fiddle now means simply to be in good physical shape!
Here are some examples:
- My dad is getting on in years (getting old) but he’s still fit as a fiddle.
- Wow, is she going to run the Boston marathon? Oh yeah, she’s fit as a fiddle!
- When I finish this exercise regimen, I’ll be fit as a fiddle!
Got any questions? Let me know in the comments!
1,2https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/as-fit-as-a-fiddle.html; Accessed 16/04/2021.
https://www.theidioms.com/fit-as-a-fiddle/; Accessed 16/04/2021.
https://wordhistories.net/2016/07/10/fit-as-a-fiddle/; Accessed 16/04/2021.