stick to the ribs

stick to the ribs

Be substantial or filling, as in It may not be health food but steak really sticks to the ribs. This idiom was first recorded in 1603.
See also: rib, stick
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Fat's tendency to stick to the ribs (and thighs and hips) doesn't entirely explain why some people are trim and others are plump.
Featuring a breaded, boneless pork chop and sausage gravy on one of the chain's signature Made From Scratch[TM] Biscuits, the new menu item is sure to stick to the ribs of even the hungriest breakfast customer.
With appearances at the White House, the 100th Olympiad and the Voice of America, Indiana-based Stormy Weather performs their stick to the ribs vocals with this one-of-a-kind doo-wop series for kids.