live off/on the fat of the land

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of live off/on the fat of the land

: to live very well by enjoying the best things that are available without having to work hard to get those things
  • They retired several years ago and have been living on the fat of the land ever since.

Word by Word Definitions

live play
  1. : to be alive : have the life of an animal or plant

  2. : to continue alive

  3. : to maintain oneself : subsist

  1. : having life : living

  2. : existing in fact or reality : actual

  3. : exerting force or containing energy: such as

  1. : at the actual time of occurrence : during, from, or at a live production

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

fat play
  1. : notable for having an unusual amount of fat:

  2. : plump

  3. : having excessive body fat

  1. : to make fat : fatten

  1. : animal tissue consisting chiefly of cells distended with greasy or oily matter

  2. : oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of adipose tissue and often abundant in seeds

  3. : any of various compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are glycerides of fatty acids, are the chief constituents of plant and animal fat, are a major class of energy-rich food, and are soluble in organic solvents but not in water

land play
  1. : the solid part of the surface of the earth

  2. : ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality

  3. : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources

  1. : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark

  2. : to set down after conveying

  3. : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place


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