fat of the land, the

The best or richest of anything, as in The tiny upper class lived off the fat of the land while many of the poor were starving. This expression alludes to fat in the sense of “the best or richest part.” The Bible has it as eat the fat of the land (Genesis 45:18).


Nearby words

  1. fat lot,
  2. fat man,
  3. fat meat,
  4. fat mouse,
  5. fat necrosis,
  6. fat pad,
  7. fat pine,
  8. fat stock,
  9. fat tax,
  10. fat tide

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