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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


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]
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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
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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.
Bangor had never seen anything quite like the Fat Cat before - the bar served food throughout the day, was furnished with distressed wood panelling cannibalised from closed churches or schools, and crucially its laid-back approach proved a massive hit with women.
Fat Cat, which has successful bars in 10 other towns and cities across North Wales and England, opened its bar in Wrexham 10 years ago.
We should support the low-income groups who protect society rather than the fat cats who exploit it.
Thus, with circumstances having sealed our fate, we plumped for The Fat Cat CafA Bar - only to find almost every table occupied.
The location of Fat Cat near the bus stop in Wrexham was not ideal either.
The word shareholder is not synonymous with the term fat cat.
THE Fat Cat is a diner and bar that is due to open in Glasgow's Merchant City later next week.
Bob Stukins, Camra's pubs director and one of the final judges, said: "The Fat Cat is a great example of what can be done when effort, combined with the knowledgeable skill of staff, all come together in the surroundings of a well-planned pub.
A spokesman for the pub chain said: "It is with deep regret that we have to announce the closure of The Fat Cat Cafe Bar Wrexham with immediate effect.
THERE was one more fat cat than usual at the annual meeting of insurance giant Standard Life.