far-fetched


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far-fetched

(fär′fĕcht′)
adj.
Not readily believable because of improbable elements therein: a far-fetched analogy; a far-fetched excuse.

far-fetched

adj
improbable in nature; unlikely

far′-fetched′

or far′fetched′,



adj.
improbable; not naturally pertinent; forced; strained: a far-fetched excuse for being late.
[1575–85]
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far-fetched

far-fetched

adjective
Conceived or done with no reference to reality or common sense:
Translations

far-fetched

[ˈfɑːˈfetʃt] ADJ [story, explanation] → inverosímil, poco probable; [idea, scheme] → descabellado

far-fetched

[ˌfɑːˈfɛtʃt] adj (explanation) → stiracchiato/a, forzato/a; (idea, scheme, story) → inverosimile

far

(faː) adverb
1. indicating distance, progress etc. How far is it from here to his house?
2. at or to a long way away. She went far away/off.
3. very much. She was a far better swimmer than her friend (was).
adjective
1. distant; a long way away. a far country.
2. more distant (usually of two things). He lives on the far side of the lake.
farther, farthestfurtherˈfaraway adjective
1. distant. faraway places.
2. not paying attention; dreamy. She had a faraway look in her eyes.
ˌfar-ˈfetched adjective
very unlikely. a far-fetched story.
as far as
1. to the place or point mentioned. We walked as far as the lake.
2. (also so far as) as great a distance as. He did not walk as far as his friends.
3. (also so far as) to the extent that. As far as I know she is well.
by far
by a large amount. They have by far the largest family in the village.
far and away
by a very great amount. She is far and away the cleverest girl in the class!
far from
1. not only not, but. Far from liking him, I hate him.
2. not at all. He was far from helpful.
so far
1. until now. So far we have been quite successful.
2. up to a certain point. We can get so far but no further without more help.
References in classic literature ?
And often, --almost continually, indeed,--since then, the bees kept coming thither, Heaven knows why, or by what pertinacious desire, for far-fetched sweets, when, no doubt, there were broad clover-fields, and all kinds of garden growth, much nearer home than this.
He soon manifested his familiarity with the ponderous and imposing machinery of antique physic; in which every remedy contained a multitude of far-fetched and heterogeneous ingredients, as elaborately compounded as if the proposed result had been the Elixir of Life.
Nor were their ornaments like those in use to-day, set off by Tyrian purple, and silk tortured in endless fashions, but the wreathed leaves of the green dock and ivy, wherewith they went as bravely and becomingly decked as our Court dames with all the rare and far-fetched artifices that idle curiosity has taught them.
There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia, that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious offspring of political fanaticism.
This sense of the word is perhaps the most far-fetched.
It seemed far-fetched for her to sit thus and feel that drama was entering their hard lives when nothing had really happened, but nevertheless--she knew.
I say `old' with intention, though not with certainty" continued the expositor; "my reason for it might seem a little far-fetched.
At last, because I was romantic, I devised an explanation which I acknowledged to be far-fetched, but which was the only one that in any way satisfied me.
In between he often found excuses to pray even when the provocation seemed far-fetched to my worldly eyes--now that he was about to die I felt positive that I should witness a perfect orgy of prayer--if one may allude with such a simile to so solemn an act.
That," she remarked, "sounds a little far-fetched - not to say impossible.
Because it has misled me once, is that any reason why I should accept without criticism anything, however far-fetched, which this man may care to put forward?
Perish the far-fetched scruples which would break the heart of one lovely woman, and scatter to the winds the pin-money of another!