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a fat lot of good

Something that is useless or not worth the effort. A fat lot of good that did me, spending all that time carefully wrapping the ceramic mugs only to drop the box on the floor and break them all.
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a fat lot of use

No use or help. Used to describe something that is useless, unhelpful, or not worth the effort. A fat lot of use that did me, spending all that time carefully wrapping the ceramic mugs only to drop the box on the floor and break them all.
See also: fat, lot, of, use
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a ˈfat lot of good/help/use

(spoken) not at all good/helpful/useful: A fat lot of use that would be! What a stupid idea.He was a fat lot of help, I must say!
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