fat cat

fat cat

noun Slang.
a wealthy person from whom large political campaign contributions are expected.
any wealthy person, especially one who has become rich quickly through questionable dealings.
an important, influential, or famous person.
a person who has become lazy or self-satisfied as the result of privilege or advantage.

1925–30, Americanism

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fat cat
 a.  a very wealthy or influential person
 b.  (as modifier): a fat-cat industrialist

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Slang Dictionary

fat-cat definition

  1. n.
    someone with great wealth and the accompanying success. : I like to watch the fat-cats go by in their beemers.
  2. mod.
    having to do with wealth or a wealthy person. : You'll never see me driving any of those fat-cat cars.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

fat cat

A wealthy and privileged person, as in This neighborhood, with its million-dollar estates, is full of fat cats. This term originally meant "a rich contributor to a political campaign," and while this usage persists, it now is often applied more broadly, as in the example. [Colloquial; 1920s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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