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fatten the kitty

In betting, to put more money into the pool (which is known as a "kitty"). Come on, guys, put in your money so we can fatten the kitty and get on with this hand!
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fatten (someone or an animal) up (with something)

to use something to make someone or an animal fat. We will fatten the calf up with corn. I don't know why they keep fattening up their children with so much food.
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fatten up

 (on something)
1. Lit. to get fat by eating something, The cattle fattened up on the succulent grass. The bears have to fatten up on food before they hibernate for the winter.
2. Fig. to become prosperous because of something. The corporations fattened up on easy profits and low taxes. The directors of the company fattened up even during the recession when the workers were laid off.
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Van Fatten sees the potential plant as a boon for the community of Thunder Bay.
Warm, damp weather has helped the spara grass to grow in abundance, so for the first time ever we have been able to fatten some of our lambs wholly on the marshes, instead of having to take them on to the hills to finish,' he said.
Ladies my advice is save your cash and fatten up by indulging yourself with copious amounts of chocolate.
Corporate Latin America is expected to fatten the bottom line with economic recovery.
Then, with the state's massive debt slowly shrinking and tax revenue soaring after years of economic battering, they accepted a 12 percent raise to fatten their salaries that already were the nation's highest for state legislators.
At the same time, the complexes fatten to more than twice their original girths.
Coach Aaron Fuller's Indians won the second of a scheduled five league matches in convincing fashion Tuesday, outlasting tough conditions and tough competition to fatten its lead in the Foothill standings.
Each recipient will fatten the cattle for at least 6-8 months from purchase of stock.
Rather, rodents would fatten up this year and then reproduce more offspring in the coming year.
Rangers say bears are more likely to come into campsites these days to forage for food and fatten up on high calories before they hibernate for the winter.
And because so many pollutants, like toxaphene, become stored in fat, they accumulate most efficiently in animals that must fatten up to survive hard winters, as the subarctic Laberge fish do.
In the end, it creates a symbiotic relationship in which both companies could fatten profits through weight loss.
And they reckon the new menu will fatten the fish just as well as before.