fatted calf

see kill the fatted calf.

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How to use fatted calf in a sentence

  • We had no fatted calf to kill; but fortunately could show a tolerable menu, including beef and marmalade.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. | Erskine Childers
  • He is supposed to have come back to the fold of the ‘serious’ writers, and so the fatted calf has been slain for him.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street | Grant Martin Overton
  • Oh, if the puir prodigal wad return, sae blithely as the goodman wad kill the fatted calf!

  • No, Thekla, there's no occasion for slaughtering the fatted calf.

    A Noble Name | Claire Von Glmer
  • The fatted calf should be killed, her boy should make merry with his friends.

    The Dreamer | Mary Newton Stanard