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fatted calf

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  • Without its paraphernalia of subtle double relishes, a “starved turtle,” has not more intrinsic sapidity than a “fatted calf.”

  • And the flesh-pots, the fatted calf, and the honey were all offered to us.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • We were literally on our beam ends—too jolly proud to sample the fatted calf that awaited us in our respective parents' homes.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • Not for me, reverend Mre; you shall kill no fatted calf, real or symbolical, for me!

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • But now when this son of yours comes, who has wasted your money with wicked women, you kill the fatted calf for him!'

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • There's not much, but I hadn't time to kill the fatted calf.

    The Making of a Soul Kathlyn Rhodes
  • I reached Keighley safely; my parents again killed the fatted calf, and right loyally did they welcome their prodigal son.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • You will be jovial, my dear Martin, and will kill the fatted calf if you please!'

  • To eat the "fatted calf," it is necessary to be a great sinner, suing for mercy.

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • The fatted calf was not only killed, but cooked, to welcome the long lost.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard

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