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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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In contrast, the fat-cat one percent aided by most Republicans and some Democrats are grabbing the wealth solely for themselves, including the tax money that ought be spent on potholes, and especially for education.
Perhaps we should expect nothing less from the fat-cat culture of the City.
Ultimately, the Government could stop the bonuses but Osborne is the politician who needs the fat-cat bankers more than anyone else.
He can't possibly understand how huge numbers of ordinary people don't have enough to find even a few extra pounds a week to pay for the failings of the fat-cat bankers and the right-wing dogma of fat-cat ministers.
Mr Butler blamed complacent shareholders and fund managers for allowing the fat-cat disease to spread from America.
The fat-cat convention occurs in skyboxes with plexiglass windows through which participants can look down on the other two conventions, literally and figuratively.
One option that must be examined is scrapping the fat-cat salaries of the quango bosses.
But motorists can drive past the fat-cats' filling stations and find the pumps with cheaper prices.
Yesterday Ofgas and British Gas refused to comment but one City analyst said: "The fat-cats will be scared stiff by any cuts.