fat of the land, the

fat of the land, the

The best or richest of anything, as in The tiny upper class lived off the fat of the land while many of the poor were starving. This expression alludes to fat in the sense of "the best or richest part." The Bible has it as eat the fat of the land (Genesis 45:18).
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They will stand as monuments to our folly, Nuon will probably no longer exist and the bosses will be living off the fat of the land, the fat being the profits they will have picked up from this very lucrative investment.
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