a fat cat

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

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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Nobody would dream of calling a pop star a fat cat, or a bestselling author, or a footballer.
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It's a good story how sticking your arm into a submerged hollow log and pulling up a fat cat is actually feasible.
GMB chief John Edmonds, said: "If there's anything worse than a fat cat it's a two-faced fat cat.
The SECU coin sorters feature a FAT CAT theme to highlight the Credit Union's youth program, which encourages saving at an early age; however, sorters are popular with members of all ages and provide a valuable service that translates into big savings for all who utilize the machines.
A Fat cat row erupted yesterday after it was revealed that the Millennium Dome's new boss will be paid more than pounds 500,000.
org, and Fat Cat Paw Prints newsletter, SECU utilizes a Fat Cat Smart Money booklet as a teaching tool in many North Carolina elementary schools.