Definition of fetch up in English:

fetch up

phrasal verb

  • Arrive or come to rest somewhere, typically by accident or unintentionally.

    ‘all four of them fetched up in the saloon bar of the Rose and Crown’
    • ‘One's envy increases when he fetches up at Pembroke College, Cambridge, to read English.’
    • ‘With a frightful inevitability I fetched up in an empty disabled space right by the loudspeakers outside the new store.’
    • ‘Houllier fetches up at Lyon where he inherits the most eye-catching team in Europe.’
    • ‘It was here that Mary Salomé (mother of James and John), Mary Jacobé (sister of the Virgin) and an A list of other early-Christian celebrities fetched up after being set adrift in a boat from Palestine.’
    • ‘Always on the run from creditors, the baron fetched up in Naples a year before Hamilton arrived.’
    • ‘These people seem to travel constantly, fetching up at the key events that punctuate the shifting circuit.’
    • ‘They even managed to tempt their father into the studio, to play some slide on a track that has fetched up on the new album as Voices.’
    • ‘A rumbustious English beachcomber, Barker, has fetched up on its shores after half a lifetime at sea.’
    • ‘Instead, given their abject beginning to the season, they fetched up in Milan in an anxious state looking only for a performance.’
    • ‘After two hours of dodge-and-pray, we fetched up beneath a rocky overhang and collapsed.’
    • ‘Timothy Spall fetches up as a blithering British expatriate in regulation grubby white suit, on hand to instruct Tom - and us - about what's supposed to be going on.’
    • ‘After a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt he eventually fetches up in New York, where he makes good as an art dealer and critic while experimenting with booze, pills and sex.’
    • ‘Without a pitch of their own, teams would fetch up in a farmer's field to start a game and sometimes have to finish it in another field up the road.’
    • ‘Many of the musical types who have recently chosen to make their home in Montreal have an interesting story to tell as to how and why they fetched up there.’
    • ‘One night, Chesnutt fetched up at a party and started singing a couple of his songs.’
    • ‘We fetched up at the bottom of the spur little better than a mob, but still with our wounded.’
    • ‘He liked to work in sequence, creating a kind of photographic flick book of the places he fetched up in and somehow endowing his work with a sense of restless narrative.’
    • ‘After Rio, he fetched up in Valparaiso in Chile and spent a day in a school telling children about his life and how rowing became part of it.’
    • ‘There was no way any of the international lads could have gone but some of the others could easily have fetched up there.’
    • ‘A classically trained viola player, John Cale took career advice from Bernstein and Copland before fetching up at the Factory with Warhol, Nico and Lou Reed.’
    end up, finish up, turn up, arrive, appear, pop up, materialize, find itself
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