feed the kitty

Contribute money to a pool or reserve, as in I can't make a big donation this year, but I'm willing to feed the kitty something. This term, originating in gambling, incorporates a pun, since kitty can mean “cat” as well as “pool.” [Late 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. feed,
  2. feed a cold; starve a fever,
  3. feed bag,
  4. feed one's face,
  5. feed someone a line,
  6. feed-in tariff,
  7. feedback,
  8. feedback inhibition,
  9. feedback loop,
  10. feedbag

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