fat of the land

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fat of the land

1. The hypothetical surplus that one can access in order to live comfortably without working very hard. Often used in the phrase "live off the fat of the land." Ben has been living off the fat of the land for too long—it's time for him to get a job!
2. The best of something. It's a party, and we've got some delicious food—come on, everybody, and enjoy the fat of the land!
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fat of the land, the

The best or richest of anything, as in The tiny upper class lived off the fat of the land while many of the poor were starving. This expression alludes to fat in the sense of "the best or richest part." The Bible has it as eat the fat of the land (Genesis 45:18).
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the fat of the land

Desirable resources, especially when acquired with little effort: I fantasized about buying a farm and living off the fat of the land.
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And he reminds us how often--and perhaps how unwittingly--we still speak the words of that miraculous committee: labor of love, lick the dust, clear as crystal, a thorn in the flesh, a soft answer, the root of all evil, the fat of the land, the sweat of thy brow, hip and thigh, arose as one man, a broken reed, a word in season, how the might y are fallen, the eleventh hour, pearls before swine, a law unto themselves, weighed in the balance and found wanting, the shadow of death.
The Fat of the Land, by John Seymour; first published in 1961; Republished 1991 by Metanoia Press (Ireland), ISBN 0 9518381 0 5; currently available for $16 from Nathan Griffith, HCR 68 Box 185, Trout WV 24991
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The country is in a state of disrepair and no wonder when MPs live off the fat of the land while families are forced to go to food banks.
They couldn't care less because they and their children live on the fat of the land.
So even though it's stressed that Cooper worked his way up from the shop floor, it's difficult to feel sympathetic towards guys who have luxuriated in the fat of the land.
While Chancellor Alistair Darling insists on a 2% wage rise for public sector workers and others, salaries, bonuses and pensions for those who live of the fat of the land are as lavish as ever.
While I nurse the anger of watching bloated G8 leaders who believe they're worth it, live off the fat of the land.