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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 also come 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 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 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Perceptions of 'fattening' foods: Key findings from Part 1 were used to develop questionnaire items to assess perceptions of the characteristics of 'fattening' foods.
The effect of first weight before fattening on FFW changed from province to province as also seen from 8th and 9th terms of the MARS model in Table II.
AL group ewes consumed 1.28 kg/d during the early fattening period and 1.66 kg/d during the late fattening period and had a greater DMI than their counterparts in LR and HR groups, respectively (p < 0.01).
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The main aim of the present work was to determine potential factors that influence average fattening final live weight (AFFLW) per enterprise for crossbred cattle reared in beef cattle enterprises in North East Anatolia region (comprising Erzurum, Igdir, Kars and Agri provinces) of Turkey.
Geese grow slowly and exhibit a low level of feed efficiency (FE) in the fattening period (Chen et al., 2003).
Under a project of fattening farm operations, at present 2162 feedlot fattening farms are in operation, where currently 22,887 beef animals and 40,853 mutton animals are being fattened for increasing the meat production in the country, the sources said.
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pounds 1.85, 896 calories, 39g fat (16.4g saturates), 5.6g salt A thin and crispy base keeps the total fat content reasonable but it's just as high in artery-clogging saturates as some more fattening pizzas.