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fetch vb. (3 trans. from the phrase ‘fetch a blow’)
1. “ and carry,” said orig. of dogs, hence fig. to run backwards and forwards with news, tales, &c. Gent. III. i. 276 “her master's maid . . . hath more qualities than a water-spaniel . . . She can and carry.”
2. to draw, derive, borrow from a source Meas. III. i. 80, R2 I. i. 97, 2H4 II. ii. 130, H5 II. ii. 116 “forms, being f-'d From glistering semblances of piety,” Oth. I. ii. 21 “I my life and being From men of royal siege.”
3. to deal a blow at Per. II. i. 17 “I'll thee with a wannion.”
4. to perform (a movement) Mer.V. V. i. 73 “F-ing mad bounds,” Cym. I. i. 81 “I'll a turn about the garden.”
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