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fat cat

A disparaging term for a rich and powerful person. The voters were tired of all the fat cats running for political office. They wanted someone who understood the plight of the middle class.
See also: cat, fat

fat-cat

1. noun Someone who is very wealthy and successful. That guy is a really fat-cat in Hollywood, so we definitely have to impress him if we want to get our movie made.
2. adjective Describing such a person or the condition of being wealthy and successful. That's a fat-cat kind of house—something we middle-class people can only dream about.

fat cat

Fig. someone who is ostentatiously and smugly wealthy. I like to watch the fat cats go by in their BMWs. I'm no fat cat. I can't even pay my normal bills!
See also: cat, fat

fat cat

A wealthy and privileged person, as in This neighborhood, with its million-dollar estates, is full of fat cats. This term originally meant "a rich contributor to a political campaign," and while this usage persists, it now is often applied more broadly, as in the example. [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: cat, fat

a fat cat

COMMON You call a businessperson or politician a fat cat when you disapprove of the way they use their wealth and power because it seems unfair or wrong to you. These fat cats of commerce make huge profits out of the public. Yet again privatisation benefits City fat cats at the expense of the customer. Note: You can also use fat cat before a noun. The taxpayer will be left to pay while the fat cat businessmen get the cream of Britain's rail services. He promised to end fat-cat salaries for union bosses and increase worker wages.
See also: cat, fat

a ˈfat cat

(informal, disapproving) a person who earns, or has, a lot of money (especially when compared to people who do not earn much): The company director is described as a fat cat, who enjoys his luxury lifestyle but doesn’t care about his employees.
See also: cat, fat

fat-cat

1. n. someone with great wealth and the accompanying success. I like to watch the fat-cats go by in their beemers.
2. mod. having to do with wealth or a wealthy person. You’ll never see me driving any of those fat-cat cars.

fat cat

A wealthy individual. This rhyming term, originating in America about 1920, once had a more specific meaning, that is, a rich individual who made large contributions to a political party or campaign. Later it was extended to any wealthy person, as well as an individual who has become lazy or smug as the result of material assets. Thus, an article in the Saturday Review of Literature in 1949, “Hollywood celebrities, literary fat cats.” In a still more generalized sense, the New York Times headlined a column about the financial situation and the administration’s reaction to it “In the New Populism Add the Government to the List of ‘Fat Cats’” (June 17, 2010). See also deep pockets.
See also: cat, fat
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The Fat Cat gets so many things right, I'm disappointed to have to criticise it - yet I must.
It's the skeletal dog that's been abandoned and is forced to forage for scraps out of litter bins we should be worrying about, not the fat cat contentedly licking its paws as it settles into its favourite spot, bang in front of the coal-effect gas fire in some little old lady's front room.
The Fat Cat, in Norwich, was named National Pub of Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).
Because there are so many more characters, narrator Rosenblat must be nimble tongued but is, of course, up to the daunting task, individualizing each character, including the American Vandergelt, the Italian Martinelli, numerous Egyptians (the dead Abdullah, Daoud, Hassan, and Selim), Gargery the butler, and Horus, the fat cat with a negative attitude.
It comes as the Fat Cat bar, which was operating opposite Fountain's on Upper Mostyn Street, closes due to falling numbers going out at night.
AT a time when Middlesbrough is suffering the consequence of massive budget cuts it beggars belief that the seven top brass officers of Middlesbrough Council were paid almost pounds 1m collectively for the year 2011/2012 Clearly Middlesbrough Council was unperturbed by Eric Pickles when he blasted local authorities for the fat cat salaries paid to council chiefs.
THE fat cat bankers not only raised their interest rates - they raised their two fingers to the Irish people yesterday.
The last time the fat cat bankers were crying out for help was when the threat of windfall taxes were to be taken from them.
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