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kill the fatted calf

Fig. to prepare an elaborate banquet (in someone's honor). (From the biblical story recounting the return of the prodigal son.) When Bob got back from college, his parents killed the fatted calf and threw a great party. Sorry this meal isn't much, John. We didn't have time to kill the fatted calf.
See also: calf, fat, kill

kill the fatted calf

to celebrate in order to welcome a friend or relative that you have not seen for a long time
Usage notes: This phrase comes from a story in the Bible when a father killed a young cow in order to celebrate the return of his son who he thought was dead.
Annie's coming home, let's kill the fatted calf!
See also: calf, fat, kill

kill the fatted calf

Prepare for a joyful occasion or a warm welcome. For example, When Bill comes home from his trip to Korea we're going to kill the fatted calf. This expression alludes to the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), whose father welcomed him by serving the choicest calf after his return. [Early 1600s]
See also: calf, fat, kill

kill the fatted calf

To hold a celebration, usually a long-awaited homecoming. Luke 15:23 describes the return of the prodigal son as, “And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry . . .” Although the guest of honor in the biblical parable was a wastrel whose father welcomed home, “to kill the fatted calf” can refer to a party for anyone whom the host is pleased to see.
See also: calf, fat, kill
References in classic literature ?
Now, dear boy," said Prince Vasili playfully, "say 'yes,' and I'll write to her myself, and we will kill the fatted calf.
It is a fatted calf from the pastures of Bashan," said the Pharisee, "the heathen have dealt wonderfully with us let us raise up our voices in a psalm --let us give thanks on the shawm and on the psaltery-on the harp and on the huggab-on the cythern and on the sackbut
But this programme was not to be begun before evening - not till just before dinner, indeed, at which meal the reassembled family were to sit roseate, and the best wine, the modern fatted calf, should flow for the prodigal's return.
He took the wolf and locked him up in a cage, with a piece of meat that satisfied, in quantity at any rate, the elementary conditions of the fatted calf, and went off to report.
Tarwater arrived home a true prodigal grandfather for whom the fatted calf was killed and ready.
Had I now had the sense to have gone back to Hull, and have gone home, I had been happy, and my father, as in our blessed Saviour's parable, had even killed the fatted calf for me; for hearing the ship I went away in was cast away in Yarmouth Roads, it was a great while before he had any assurances that I was not drowned.
The fatted calf is dressed for me, But the husks have greater zest for me .
THERE'S no sign of fatted calf on the Everyman Bistro menu.
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The fatted calf killed at the cost of a PS400,000 transfer fee.
How we might wish that the story ended when the young son returned from his travels and there was great rejoicing, fatted calf and all.
Consider the famous Malthusian set-piece of the fatted calf, in which Malthus observes that years ago, cattle were thin spindly affairs raised on "waste lands," rarely fatted (107).
We could talk about the parable of the prodigal son, since Chaput truly sounds a great deal like the adventuresome young man's older brother, the one who stayed home and toiled with his father and grew resentful when the old man slew the fatted calf upon his brother's return.
Francis, whose coaching career has spanned club football's grotesque expansion from fatted calf to cash cow, does not see an easy way to re-establish England-Scotland clashes as a regular date in the fixture list.