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[with object]
1Go for and then bring back (someone or something) for someone: he ran to fetch help [with two objects]: she fetched me a cup of tea
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  • We trained him to fetch it and bring it back repeatedly.
  • They give you a plastic slate with a number; you drive up, and the bags are fetched from a conveyor belt that carries big numbered tubs.
  • He bends down and tosses a stick to Baxter, who obligingly fetches it and brings it back.
get, go and get, go for, call for, summon, pick up, collect, bring, carry, deliver, convey, ferry, transport;
escort, conduct, lead, usher in
1.1 archaic Bring forth (blood or tears): kind offers fetched tears from me
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  • I likewise promise that I shall not be obliged to fetch blood with the scourge.
  • His voice was musical and strong, which he managed in such a manner as, one while, to make soft impressions on the heart, and fetch tears from the eyes.
1.2 archaic Take a (breath); heave (a sigh).
Example sentences
  • Men of wisdom fetch their breath up from deep inside and below, while others breathe with their voice box alone.
  • Her death took a heavy toll on Elizabeth, one observer noting, ‘I never knew her fetch a sigh, but when the Queen of Scots was beheaded.’
2Achieve (a particular price) when sold: the land could fetch over a million pounds
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  • Oil is sold wherever it can fetch the highest price.
  • Second, because of that lessened demand, the oil they do sell fetches a lower price.
  • The words that the verses of the Qur'an should not be sold for a paltry price do not mean that they can be sold if they fetch a high price.
sell for, bring in, raise, realize, yield, make, earn, command, cost, be priced at, come to, amount to
informal go for, set one back, pull in, rake in
British informal knock someone back
3 [with two objects] informal Inflict (a blow or slap) on (someone): that brute Cullam fetched him a wallop
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  • He has wounded him in the small of the back, as the gesture of the beast indicates, and running up behind him, wheels about to fetch a blow.
  • The best she could do was to fetch a slap at tall Charley's head.
  • And the man took a club, came up to them and aimed at the lion's head and fetched him a wallop.
4 informal, dated Cause great interest or delight in (someone): that air of his always fetches women
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  • I find anything in the way of politics fetches women.
  • Her song has something that fetches an audience.


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1The distance travelled by wind or waves across open water.
Example sentences
  • Wave disturbance was estimated by measuring the fetch for wave height on maps as the width of the river perpendicular to the center of the riverbank site.
  • Waves with a fetch of thousands of miles come to land here, in a crashing fury some days, or gently, as today.
  • Flow rates over the substratum and around submerged objects depend on wind strength and fetch, and in streams, on stream gradients and hydraulic input.
1.1The distance a vessel must sail to reach open water.
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  • He later demonstrated experimentally that the action of even sluggish winds over open fetches of water produces long avenues of counter-rotating eddies with bands of sinking water between them.
  • For an area of sea so protected from the winds and enormous fetches of the Atlantic or Pacific, the sheer number of wrecks at first seems disproportionate.
2 archaic A stratagem or trick.
Example sentences
  • It is no ingenious fetches of argument that we want.
  • In ‘the wily fetches of lawyers,’ we see the handiwork of our Speaker, whose zeal in Richard's cause never relaxed until the Parliament had exhausted every resource.


fetch and carry
Perform a succession of menial tasks for someone as if one was their servant.
Example sentences
  • For he can fetch and carry, which is patience in employment.
  • This week, the PM meets with the new resident of the White House, and will do his best to show he can fetch and carry.
  • Lord Duvalier is certainly able to fetch and carry for Veronique.

Phrasal verbs

fetch up
informal Arrive or come to rest somewhere, typically by accident or unintentionally: all four of them fetched up in the saloon bar of the Rose and Crown
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  • Without a pitch of their own, teams would fetch up in a farmer's field to start a game and sometimes have to finish it in another field up the road.
  • Always on the run from creditors, the baron fetched up in Naples a year before Hamilton arrived.
  • A classically trained viola player, John Cale took career advice from Bernstein and Copland before fetching up at the Factory with Warhol, Nico and Lou Reed.
end up, finish up, turn up, arrive, appear, pop up, materialize, find itself;
land, beach, wash up
informal wind up, pitch up, show up


Example sentences
  • My role is usually the driver and fetcher and carrier.
  • ‘I was hired pretty much as a fetcher to work in a men's clothing factory,’ he explained.
  • But perhaps more significantly, this fetcher and carrier has lacked top class support around him.


Old English fecc(e)an, variant of fetian, probably related to fatian 'grasp', of Germanic origin and related to German fassen.

Words that rhyme with fetch

etch, ketch, kvetch, lech, outstretch, retch, sketch, stretch, vetch, wretch
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The apparition or double of a living person, formerly believed to be a warning of that person’s impending death.
Example sentences
  • That's when Sky realizes he has a ‘fetch’: an apparition or wraith (‘hamr’ in Norwegian) that can connect with his ancestors.
  • In the following weeks the fetch was seen on a number of occasions.


Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

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