- By fits and starts
- Fit Fit, n. [AS. fit strife, fight; of uncertain origin.
1. A stroke or blow. [Obs. or R.]
Curse on that cross, quoth then the Sarazin, That keeps thy body from the bitter fit. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
2. A sudden and violent attack of a disorder; a stroke of disease, as of epilepsy or apoplexy, which produces convulsions or unconsciousness; a convulsion; a paroxysm; hence, a period of exacerbation of a disease; in general, an attack of disease; as, a fit of sickness. [1913 Webster]
And when the fit was on him, I did mark How he did shake. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The fits of the season. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
A tongue of light, a fit of flame. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.