crops fit for gathering.

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afrikaans- south africa
crops fit for gathering.

Fit means "ready" according to,thus, standard english. Some dictionaries think it obsolete, other, informal. Why is these?
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    It isn't commonly used (in BrE) with this meaning. I have some oranges on my trees at the moment and they are "ripe for gathering", or "ready to be picked".

    I assume the dictionary example is from an older work of literature. I wouldn't expect anyone to use it in this way today outside poetry or poetic prose.

    Fruit might be suitable or "fit" for jam. These apricots are too ripe - they're only fit for jam.
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