Fetch candle
Fetch Fetch, n. 1. A stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass, or by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice. [1913 Webster]

Every little fetch of wit and criticism. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. The apparation of a living person; a wraith. [1913 Webster]

The very fetch and ghost of Mrs. Gamp. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

3. The unobstructed region of the ocean over which the wind blows to generate waves. [RDH]

4. Hence: The length of such a region. [RDH]

{Fetch candle}, a light seen at night, superstitiously believed to portend a person's death. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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