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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You could understand Howlett's desire not to repeat himself musically, but clearly to a considerable proportion of the people who had bought 'The Fat of the Land', Flint was the Prodigy.
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Council members have been under fire from block club members and tenants at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center who've grown used to living off the fat of the land, and having taxpayers subsidize their hobbies.
However, when I picked up the April, 18, 2011 Life & Health issue, I notice the article, "The Fat of the Land." This is a health issue you are writing about, sir.
I imagine he's already dreaming of settling down on his beautiful Punjab plot and living off the fat of the land.
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FAT OF THE LAND: ADVENTURES OF A 21ST CENTURY FORAGER blends food with natural history and tells of the author's conversion from a prepackaged food fan to one who coveted wild edibles.
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