fat cat


Definition of fat cat

1a : a wealthy contributor to a political campaign fund
b : a wealthy and privileged person
2 : a lethargic complacent person

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Other Words from fat cat

fat-cat \ ˈfat-​ˌkat How to pronounce fat-cat (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fat cat in a Sentence

The best seats in the theater were reserved for the fat cats. that last recession was particularly hard on the poor, but the fat cats barely noticed a dip in their bank accounts
Recent Examples on the Web Social services, like the ones keeping Arthur just this side of sanity, are losing their funding, even as billionaire fat cats like Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen), father of Bruce, get richer and richer. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix puts on quite a show in ‘Joker.’ And the portrait of madness is both bleak and glib," 1 Oct. 2019 So who can blame one Russian man named Mikhail Galin for running an ingenious scheme to get his too-fat cat, Viktor, on an eight-hour flight between Riga, Latvia, and Moscow? Wired, "Uber’s ‘Mistakes,’ Ford v Ferrari, and More Car News," 16 Nov. 2019 Far beyond the Beltway this baseball postseason, there was a notion that Nats fans are mostly K Street lobbyists and lawyers, Deep State functionaries or fat cats in the media-political industrial complex. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "For the Nationals and their fans, a parade worth the wait," 3 Nov. 2019 God rest ye merry, fat cats: Shedding some of that cumbersome, excess cash is a surefire route to feeling good about yourself. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘A Christmas Carol’ Review: God Rest Ye Merry, Plutocrats," 20 Nov. 2019 The move to raising small-dollar recurring donations instead of fat cats giving the maximum allowed has been slowly happening over the past few election cycles. BostonGlobe.com, "The bad news for Patrick: everything else.," 13 Nov. 2019 Many of Hong Kong’s fat cats would surely resent giving up their weekends there to help the very people who are out making trouble. The Economist, "The turmoil in Hong Kong stems in part from its unaffordable housing," 22 Aug. 2019 That led to a period of populist ferment hostile to fat cats, including mass strikes and ultimately the New Deal of the 1930s. The Economist, "The Kochtopus’s garden," 29 Aug. 2019 This isn't Westeros; no one's out here massing troops on opposite sides of a meadow while the fat cats in the biggest tent play an oversized game of Risk and tend to their carbuncles. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fat cat

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Jan 2020

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“Fat cat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fat%20cat. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fat cat

informal + disapproving : an important, wealthy, or powerful person

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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