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fatten the kitty

In betting, to put more money into the pool (which is known as a "kitty"). Come on, guys, put in your money so we can fatten the kitty and get on with this hand!
See also: fatten, kitty

fatten up

To cause to gain weight or become fatter by feeding. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fatten" and "up." A: "Wow, your mom made quite a feast!" B: "I know, she seems determined to fatten us up." We need to fatten up these scrawny little kittens.
See also: fatten, up

fatten (one) up with (something)

To cause one to gain weight or become fatter by feeding them something in particular. The noun or pronoun can be used between "fatten" and "up" or after "up." A: "Wow, your mom made quite a feast!" B: "I know, she seems determined to fatten us up with all our favorite foods." We need to fatten up these scrawny little kittens with some solid food.
See also: fatten, up

fatten up on (something)

To gain weight or become fatter by eating something in particular. It seems like the dog is fattening up on that new food.
See also: fatten, on, up

fatten (someone or an animal) up (with something)

to use something to make someone or an animal fat. We will fatten the calf up with corn. I don't know why they keep fattening up their children with so much food.
See also: fatten, up

fatten up

 (on something)
1. Lit. to get fat by eating something, The cattle fattened up on the succulent grass. The bears have to fatten up on food before they hibernate for the winter.
2. Fig. to become prosperous because of something. The corporations fattened up on easy profits and low taxes. The directors of the company fattened up even during the recession when the workers were laid off.
See also: fatten, up
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Van Fatten sees the potential plant as a boon for the community of Thunder Bay.
Warm, damp weather has helped the spara grass to grow in abundance, so for the first time ever we have been able to fatten some of our lambs wholly on the marshes, instead of having to take them on to the hills to finish,' he said.
Ladies my advice is save your cash and fatten up by indulging yourself with copious amounts of chocolate.
Corporate Latin America is expected to fatten the bottom line with economic recovery.
At the same time, the complexes fatten to more than twice their original girths.
Each recipient will fatten the cattle for at least 6-8 months from purchase of stock.
And because so many pollutants, like toxaphene, become stored in fat, they accumulate most efficiently in animals that must fatten up to survive hard winters, as the subarctic Laberge fish do.
And they reckon the new menu will fatten the fish just as well as before.