In Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of Baskervilles" I've run into an idiom I still cannot quite wrap my head around. In the course of a discussion with Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes says:
There is a delightful freshness about you, Watson, which makes it a pleasure to exercise any small powers which I possess at your expense. A gentleman goes forth on a showery and miry day. He returns immaculate in the evening with the gloss still on his hat and his boots. He has been a fixture therefore all day.
According to the dictionary, a fixture is
- something (such as a light, toilet, sink, etc.) that is attached to a house or building and that is not removed when the house or building is sold
- a person or thing that has been part of something or involved in something for a long time
None of the above makes any sense in the context to me, so what is the meaning of that last phrase?
Update: stirred in the right direction by Ricky, I understood that the author employed the word fixture metaphorically, associating Watson with a house fixture, thus exaggerating the fact that Watson hasn't moved from the only place he'd been on that day.