adjective, fat·ter, fat·test.
verb (used with or without object), fat·ted, fat·ting.
- an irrevocable action or chain of events has been started; the die is cast: Now that they have been given an ultimatum, the fat is in the fire.
- the decision, whether good or bad, has been made.
- the crisis is imminent.
Origin of fat
Synonyms for fat
Antonyms for fat
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Contemporary Examples of fat
“One of the big misconceptions is that eating fat makes you fat, because it has more calories,” Asprey says.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
Roll the pork over the stuffing, like a jelly roll, until the seam is facing down and the fat back is on top.
Lay the butterflied pork loin on the cutting board with the fat cap facing down.
About our Eric Garners—too fat, too scared, too noncompliant, too many kids—there are always, as Flagg knows well, excuses.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
Green plants in pre-flowering stages may contain significant protein but not fat.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of fat
There—do you see that fat man that's just going out—him as has got on the Indy 'ankycher?
The fat man from behind the register had come to take his order.Way of the Lawless
Strain the liquid from the veal and bones and remove the fat.
Give the proportions of fat and flour that may be used for pastry.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Remove the fat and serve some of the nicest joints with the soup.
- to argue over a point
- to talk idly; gossip
adjective fatter or fattest
verb fats, fatting or fatted
Word Origin for fat
Old English fætt "fat, fatted, plump, obese," originally a contracted past participle of fættian "to cram, stuff," from Proto-Germanic *faitaz "fat" (cf. Old Frisian fatt, Old Norse feitr, Dutch vet, German feist), from PIE *poid- "to abound in water, milk, fat, etc." (cf. Greek piduein "to gush forth"), from root *peie- "to be fat, swell" (cf. Sanskrit payate "swells, exuberates," pituh "juice, sap, resin;" Lithuanian pienas "milk;" Greek pion "fat, wealthy;" Latin pinguis "fat").
Teen slang meaning "attractive, up to date" (also later phat) is attested from 1951. Fat cat "privileged and rich person" is from 1928; fat chance "no chance at all" attested from 1906. Fathead is from 1842; fat-witted is from 1590s; fatso is first recorded 1944. Expression the fat is in the fire originally meant "the plan has failed" (1560s).
mid-14c.; see fat (v.). Figurative sense of "best or most rewarding part" is from 1560s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fat
- fat cat
- fat chance
- fat city
- fate worse than death, a
- fat farm
- fat is in the fire, the
- fat lot
- fat of the land, the
- chew the fat
- kill the fatted calf