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fat cat

A disparaging term for a rich and powerful person. The voters were tired of all the fat cats running for political office. They wanted someone who understood the plight of the middle class.
See also: cat, fat

fat-cat

1. noun Someone who is very wealthy and successful. That guy is a really fat-cat in Hollywood, so we definitely have to impress him if we want to get our movie made.
2. adjective Describing such a person or the condition of being wealthy and successful. That's a fat-cat kind of house—something we middle-class people can only dream about.

fat cat

Fig. someone who is ostentatiously and smugly wealthy. I like to watch the fat cats go by in their BMWs. I'm no fat cat. I can't even pay my normal bills!
See also: cat, fat

fat cat

A wealthy and privileged person, as in This neighborhood, with its million-dollar estates, is full of fat cats. This term originally meant "a rich contributor to a political campaign," and while this usage persists, it now is often applied more broadly, as in the example. [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: cat, fat

a fat cat

COMMON You call a businessperson or politician a fat cat when you disapprove of the way they use their wealth and power because it seems unfair or wrong to you. These fat cats of commerce make huge profits out of the public. Yet again privatisation benefits City fat cats at the expense of the customer. Note: You can also use fat cat before a noun. The taxpayer will be left to pay while the fat cat businessmen get the cream of Britain's rail services. He promised to end fat-cat salaries for union bosses and increase worker wages.
See also: cat, fat

a ˈfat cat

(informal, disapproving) a person who earns, or has, a lot of money (especially when compared to people who do not earn much): The company director is described as a fat cat, who enjoys his luxury lifestyle but doesn’t care about his employees.
See also: cat, fat

fat cat

A wealthy individual. This rhyming term, originating in America about 1920, once had a more specific meaning, that is, a rich individual who made large contributions to a political party or campaign. Later it was extended to any wealthy person, as well as an individual who has become lazy or smug as the result of material assets. Thus, an article in the Saturday Review of Literature in 1949, “Hollywood celebrities, literary fat cats.” In a still more generalized sense, the New York Times headlined a column about the financial situation and the administration’s reaction to it “In the New Populism Add the Government to the List of ‘Fat Cats’” (June 17, 2010). See also deep pockets.
See also: cat, fat
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As far as I'm aware The Fat Cat in Llandudno has been very popular and is well run, but it's getting increasingly difficult for businesses to survive in difficult times, especially when there are so many bars in competition and overheads are increasing all the time.
In 11 years the bar company that started in Bangor has become one of the hottest new operators in the hospitality business, and Simon Patterson, who still runs the Fat Cat with Matthew Saunders, says they intend to keep on growing.
"But Britain's fat cat bosses are hoarding earnings owed to staff for shareholders and themselves.
Signature Dish Fat Cat Stir Fry: A choice of Chicken, Duck, Salmon or Vegetarian all with -Ginger, chilli, garlic, bean sprouts, pak choi, peppers mushrooms and egg noodles in a honey and soy sauce.
I'm sure that in the end the truth will come out and fat cat or not Mr Ainsworth should not have made people wait to see his expenses but then again he shouldn't have voted against MPs expenses being released under the Freedom of Information Act, but he did.
The last time the fat cat bankers were crying out for help was when the threat of windfall taxes were to be taken from them.
As far as I am concerned, fat cats should face charges if anyone dies through malnutrition or hypothermia because they can't pay fuel bills.
The three unions involved - the National Union of Journalists, the engineering and electricians union AEEU and the technicians union BECTU are calling seven "fat cat" rallies around Britain.
An arsonist firebombed the home of a "fat cat" company boss yesterday - then made a chilling threat to strike again.
THE boss of the Fat Cat bar chain has blamed Wrexham's "cheap booze culture" for the closure of their venue in the town this week.
THE fat cat bankers not only raised their interest rates - they raised their two fingers to the Irish people yesterday.
A NEW home is being sought for a lazy, fat cat that refuses to exercise.
DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline was facing the prospect of an shareholder revolt today over "fat cat" pay.
THE chief executive of oil giant BP was today accused of being the "biggest fat cat" - after receiving a 58% pay rise.
Most directors received average pay rises of just four per cent last year, dispelling stories of 'fat cat' salary increases.