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

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 There has been music and dancing and marching and a giant inflatable fat cat perched atop a red car. Rebecca Nathanson, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 Second, earnings rise enormously for most workers over their career, and the low paying history major of 2021 might be a plutocratic fat cat executive 25 years later. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Every fat cat in America will be calling up his accountant today asking for one of those Thiel IRAs. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 25 June 2021 Elsewhere, Olivia’s friend Lucy, a business and science consultant, is flying in from New York to London to meet a fat cat called Hunter Sterling who has recruited her to head Digitas, his venture capital firm. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, 4 June 2021 The young angler did have a few pounds on the fat cat, but not many. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 19 Mar. 2021 Speakers addressed the crowd from a Teamsters Local 25 flatbed adorned with an inflatable fat cat, depicted smoking a cigar and holding a moneybag. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Mar. 2021 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, 15 Sep. 2020 That group joined forces with a similar organization, fat cat Fab Lab. Christina Oehler, Health.com, 19 May 2020

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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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20 Dec 2021

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“Fat cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fat%20cat. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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: an important, wealthy, or powerful person


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