throw a fit


2 [fit]
a sudden, acute attack or manifestation of a disease, especially one marked by convulsions or unconsciousness: a fit of epilepsy.
an onset, spell, or period of emotion, feeling, inclination, activity, etc.: a fit of anger; a fit of weeping.
by/in fits and starts, at irregular intervals; intermittently: This radio works by fits and starts.
throw a fit, to become extremely excited or angry: Your father will throw a fit when he hears what you have done.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fitt round of fighting. See fit3 Unabridged
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fit1 (fɪt)
vb , (US) fits, fitting, fitted, fit
1.  to be appropriate or suitable for (a situation, etc)
2.  to be of the correct size or shape for (a connection, container, etc)
3.  (tr) to adjust in order to render appropriate: they had to fit the idea to their philosophy
4.  (tr) to supply with that which is needed
5.  (tr) to try clothes on (someone) in order to make adjustments if necessary
6.  (tr) to make competent or ready: the experience helped to fit him for the task
7.  (tr) to locate with care
8.  (intr) to correspond with the facts or circumstances
adj , fits, fitting, fitted, fit, fitter, fittest
9.  suitable to a purpose or design; appropriate
10.  having the right qualifications; qualifying
11.  in good health
12.  worthy or deserving: a book fit to be read
13.  (foll by an infinitive) in such an extreme condition that a specified consequence is likely: she was fit to scream; you look fit to drop
14.  informal chiefly (Brit) (of a person) sexually attractive
15.  the manner in which something fits
16.  the act or process of fitting
17.  statistics See goodness of fit the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or model
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit]

fit2 (fɪt)
1.  pathol a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
2.  a sudden spell of emotion: a fit of anger
3.  an impulsive period of activity or lack of activity; mood: a fit of laziness
4.  give a person a fit to surprise a person in an outrageous manner
5.  informal have a fit, throw a fit to become very angry or excited
6.  in fits and starts, by fits and starts in spasmodic spells; irregularly
vb , fits, fitting, fitted
7.  informal (intr) to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
[Old English fitt conflict; see fit³]

fit3 (fɪt)
archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song
[Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn]

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Word Origin & History

1823, "the fitting of one thing to another," later (1831) "the way something fits." Originally "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), obscure, possibly from O.E. fitt "a conflict, a struggle" (see fit (n.2)). The verb meaning "be suitable" is probably from early 15c. and
likely from the adjective. Related: Fitted; fitting.

"paroxysm, sudden attack" (as of anger), 1540s, probably via M.E. sense of "painful, exciting experience," from O.E. fitt "conflict, struggle," of uncertain origin, with no clear cognates outside English. Phrase by fits and starts first attested 1610s.

"suited to the circumstances, proper," mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps from M.E. noun fit "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.), which is perhaps connected to fit (n.1). The verb meaning "to be the right shape" is first attested 1580s. Survival of the fittest (1867) coined by H. Spencer.
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fit 1 (fĭt)
v. fit·ted or fit, fit·ted, fit·ting, fits
To be the proper size and shape. adj. fit·ter, fit·test
Physically sound; healthy. n.
The degree of precision with which surfaces are adjusted or adapted to each other in a machine, device, or collection of parts.

fit 2 (fĭt)

  1. A seizure or a convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy.

  2. The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.

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throw a fit

see have a fit.

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