live off the fat of the land


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live off the fat of the land

To live comfortably on a surplus of resources, without working very hard. Ben has been living off the fat of the land for too long—it's time for him to get a job!
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live off the fat of the land

Fig. to live on stored-up resources or abundant resources. If I had a million dollars, I'd invest it and live off the fat of the land. I'll be happy to retire soon and live off the fat of the land.
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live off the fat of the land

If someone lives off the fat of the land, they have a rich and comfortable life without having to work hard for it. He was fed up with these royalists who were living off the fat of the land while the rest of the country was starving. Note: This expression is often used to criticize someone who is rich because they are exploiting people. Note: This is from the story of Joseph in the Bible. During the famine (= time when there is not enough food) in Israel, Pharaoh invited Joseph's father and brothers to come to Egypt, where there was plenty of food: `Come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.' (Genesis 45:18)
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live off (or on) the fat of the land

have the best of everything.
In Genesis 45:18, Pharaoh tells Joseph's brothers: ‘ye shall eat the fat of the land’. Fat meaning ‘the best part’ or ‘choicest produce’ is now found only in this expression.
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live off/on the ˌfat of the ˈland

(informal) have plenty of money to spend on the best food, drink, entertainment, etc: Money was no problem then. We were living off the fat of the land in those days.It’s always the same: the rich live off the fat of the land and complain that the poor are lazy.
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Some locals say the desert coyote is smarter than others of its kind that live off the fat of the land to the north and east.
Whenever you have a great champion and an exciting challenger, the Man with Electric Hair (or someone almost equally repulsive) is there to see to it not just that his own pockets are satisfactorily lined but that the two participants are going to live off the fat of the land in perpetuity, or at least for as long as they can keep their cash out of the hands of their various other human parasites.
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And it's also why I'm thinking of forming the British Bisto Party (BBP) - to reclaim our gravy from the trainloads of highly-paid mediocrities who live off the fat of the land.
On the whole the majority population of the poor had little say regarding the law on slavery therefore the government of the day, plus rich aristocrats, merchants and ship owners, were the main culprits, many of whose descendants today live off the fat of the land.