fat cat


Definition of fat cat

1a : a wealthy contributor to a political campaign fund
b : a wealthy and privileged person
c : big shot
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 Hedge-fund fat cat Steve Cohen reached a deal on Monday to buy the Mets for the highest price ever paid for an American sports franchise. Deesha Thosar, courant.com, "Mets fans can happily shift attention from sluggish fight for playoffs to Steve Cohen’s future club," 15 Sep. 2020 That group joined forces with a similar organization, fat cat Fab Lab. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Volunteer Group Is Making Free PPE for Health Care Workers," 19 May 2020 But that dynamic does not benefit only the fat cats with deep pockets. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Finally, a Problem You Really Can Just Throw Money At," 9 Apr. 2020 This is one government fat cat the public is happy to see back at work. Fox News, "Palmerston, British Foreign Office's resident cat, returns after 6-month recovery for weight gain, stress," 3 Dec. 2019 These fat cats spend millions on slick marketing to brainwash you into believing that these sequels will be anything other than a complete disaster. Alex Baia Thatcher Jensen, The New Yorker, "Conspiracy Theories for the Ultra-Rational," 7 June 2019 The company—along with its fearless leader—became something of a martyr, the underdog just trying to make America healthy while corrupt fat cats lined their pockets with the exorbitant cost of chronic illness. Tessa Love, Outside Online, "Greg Glassman’s Easy Health Care Fix: More CrossFit," 16 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of fat cat

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of fat cat was in 1928

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“Fat cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fat%20cat. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fat cat

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

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