• unlikely to be true
  • totally bizarre
  • to considered false or untrue
  • to be remotely or slightly connected to something

Example Sentences

  1. When he told us the stories of his youth, everyone could agree that they were far-fetched.
  2. Her account of the fight seems far-fetched.
  3. Linda has a very active imagination and that is why all her stories seem a bit far-fetched.
  4. The girl walked away in disgust after listening to his far-fetched tales of all his love conquests.
  5. Most people tell far-fetched stories just to inflate their ego and to feel important.
  6. I don’t know why people don’t just tell the truth rather than telling far-fetched stories.
  7. The sailor held everyone captive with far-fetched tales of his adventures at sea.


This phrase goes back to the period of exploration of the British. When the British discovered America, their sailors would come back with foreign artefacts, crafts, goods, etc. and these were referred to as far-fetched i.e. being fetched from afar. Most times, the sailors also returned with exaggerated stories of the new lands. These stories were so exaggerated that people were always suspicious of them and so they became known as far-fetched tales, meaning they were likely untrue.

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Now I realize that I am definitely right considering anything far fetched the same as idealistic because whatever is idealistic is impractical or totally unrealistic like so described in far fetched. It’s so because idealism is a way of belief or argument based solely on imagination rather than factual experiences. For example; believing that “We all are equal and thereby should be granted the same freedom to any opportunities we are striving for.” This is unlikely or even unrealistic by reason that in reality everyone is different because everybody has individual and thus different talents, interests, or experiences, thus human minds differ. Further, therefore it is very unlikely that anybody would vote for an ex-con released from a jail or prison or for any mental patient released from a psychiatric hospital to become President of United States. Thus the political philosophy of Democrats as the so named left wing is rather far fetched than a realistic belief expressed more by Republicans. Who knows, maybe in the far future computer science is so advanced that our brains could be programmed to make anything we wish feasible through the 4D virtual reality?

‒ Kiumarz Mazaheri April 16, 2023

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