To fetch and carry


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To fetch and carry to serve obsequiously, like a trained spaniel.
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In literature:

Here, Steve, my lad, go and fetch two of the men to carry him in.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
To "carry" and "fetch" were now but trifling portions of the dog's accomplishments.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
With that I set off, undaunted, across the top of the isle, to fetch and carry it back.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
To fetch and carry while another basked in your smiles.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
And they like to fetch and carry, and come back wistfully after hard words, and learn rather easily to carry a basket.
"'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
And he had the schooner that fetched in the supplies and carried away the fish to the St. John's markets.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Hereafter I intend you to be my page, which means that you must fetch and carry for me at my will.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Just then the little girl came out to ask Eliza if she'd mind coming in to fetch the milk, as she couldn't carry both the jug and the cups.
"A Christmas Posy" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
I used to call 'em Fetch and Carrie.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
The pretty, sulky-faced girl fetched a tray and placed Eve's breakfast on it; and Trooper Stormont carried it to her room.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

Rare Imp and Phoebus, hopeful Youth
Like Puppy tame that uses
To fetch and carry, in his Mouth,
The Works of all the Muses.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope

In news:

Many of them barefoot and dressed in rags, the mothers and grandmothers come pushing wheelbarrows or carrying big buckets to fetch water for their families.