a fat chance


adjective, fatter, fattest.
having too much flabby tissue; corpulent; obese: a fat person.
plump; well-fed: a good, fat chicken.
consisting of or containing fat; greasy; oily: fat gravy; fat meat.
profitable, as an office: a fat job on the city commission.
affording good opportunities, especially for gain: a fat business contract.
wealthy; prosperous; rich: He grew fat on dishonest profits.
big, broad, or extended; thick: a fat sheaf of bills.
plentiful; abundant: a fat supply of food.
plentifully supplied: a fat larder; a fat feast.
dull; stupid: fat clumsiness of manner.
abounding in a particular element: Fat pine is rich in resin.
(of paint) having more oil than pigment. Compare lean2 ( def 6 ).
(of coal) highly bituminous; rich in volatile hydrocarbons.
Ceramics, long1 ( def 25 ).
fertile, as land: Everything grows in this fat soil.
any of several white or yellowish greasy substances, forming the chief part of adipose tissue of animals and also occurring in plants, that when pure are colorless, odorless, and tasteless and are either solid or liquid esters of glycerol with fatty acids; fats are insoluble in water or cold alcohol but soluble in ether, chloroform, or benzene: used in the manufacture of soap, paints, and other protective coatings and in cooking.
animal tissue containing much of this substance; loose flesh; flabbiness: to have rolls of fat around one's waist.
the richest or best part of anything.
obesity; corpulence: In his later years, he inclined to fat.
Slang. especially profitable or advantageous work.
an overabundance or excess; superfluity.
action or lines in a dramatic part that permit an actor to display abilities.
Also, phat. Also called lift. Typesetting. matter that can be composed easily and profitably, especially from standing type, illustrations, or the like: fat work. Compare lean2 ( def 11 ).
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), fatted, fatting.
to make or become fat.
a fat chance, Slang. a very slight chance; small probability: A fat chance he has of winning the title!
a fat lot, Slang. little or not at all: A fat lot they care about anyone else's troubles!
chew the fat. chew ( def 11 ).
the fat is in the fire,
an irrevocable action or chain of events has been started; the die is cast: Now that they have been given an ultimatum, the fat is in the fire.
the decision, whether good or bad, has been made.
the crisis is imminent.
the fat of the land, the best or richest of anything obtainable: to live on the fat of the land.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fǣtt, orig. past participle of fǣtan to cram, load, adorn; cognate with Gothic fētjan to adorn; akin to vat

fatless, adjective
fatlike, adjective
defat, verb (used with object), defatted, defatting.
overfat, adjective
unfatted, adjective

fat, phat.

1. portly, adipose, pudgy. See stout. 3. unctuous, fatty. 4. lucrative, remunerative. 8. copious. 10. sluggish. 15. rich, fruitful, productive.

1. thin. 3. lean. 10. clever. 15. sterile, barren.
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fat (fæt)
1.  See also oil any of a class of naturally occurring soft greasy solids that are esters of glycerol and certain fatty acids. They are present in some plants and in the adipose tissue of animals, forming a reserve energy source, and are used in making soap and paint and in the food industry
2.  vegetable or animal tissue containing fatRelated: adipose, lipoid, stearic
3.  corpulence, obesity, or plumpness
4.  the best or richest part of something
5.  a part in a play that gives an actor a good opportunity to show his talents
6.  slang chew the fat
 a.  to argue over a point
 b.  to talk idly; gossip
7.  the fat is in the fire an irrevocable action has been taken, esp one from which dire consequences are expected
8.  the fat of the land the best that is obtainable
adj , fatter, fattest
9.  having much or too much flesh or fat
10.  consisting of or containing fat; greasy: fat pork
11.  profitable; lucrative: a fat year
12.  affording great opportunities: a fat part in the play
13.  fertile or productive: a fat land
14.  thick, broad, or extended: a fat log of wood
15.  having a high content of a particular material or ingredient, such as resin in wood or oil in paint
16.  plentifully supplied: a fat larder
17.  slang empty; stupid: get this into your fat head
18.  slang very little or none; minimal (in phrases such as a fat chance, a fat lot of good, etc)
vb , fatter, fattest, fats, fatting, fatted
19.  to make or become fat; fatten
Related: adipose, lipoid, stearic
[Old English fǣtt, past participle of fǣtan to cram; related to Old Norse feita, Old High German feizen to fatten; compare Gothic fētjan to adorn]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fætt, originally a contracted pp. of fættian "to cram, stuff," from P.Gmc. *faitaz "fat" (cf. O.N. feitr, Du. vet, Ger. feist), from PIE *poid- "to abound in water, milk, fat, etc." (cf. Gk. piduein "to gush forth"), from base *poi- "sap, juice" (cf. Skt. payate "swells, exuberates,"
Lith. pienas "milk," Gk. pion "fat, wealthy," L. pinguis "fat"). Fig. sense of "best or most rewarding part" is from 1570; teen slang meaning "attractive, up to date" (also later phat) is attested from 1951. Fat cat "privileged and rich person" is from 1928; fat chance "no chance at all" attested from 1906. Fathead is from 1842; fat-witted is from 1596; fatso is first recorded 1944.
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Medical Dictionary

fat (fāt)

  1. Any of various soft, solid, or semisolid organic compounds constituting the esters of glycerol and fatty acids and their associated organic groups.

  2. A mixture of such compounds occurring widely in organic tissue, especially in the adipose tissue of animals and in the seeds, nuts, and fruits of plants.

  3. Adipose tissue.

  4. Obesity; corpulence.

fat adj.
fat'ly adv.
fat'ness n.
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fat  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (fāt)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a large number of oily compounds that are widely found in plant and animal tissues and serve mainly as a reserve source of energy. In mammals, fat, or adipose tissue, is deposited beneath the skin and around the internal organs, where it also protects and insulates against heat loss. Fat is a necessary, efficient source of energy. An ounce of fat contains more than twice as much stored energy as does an ounce of protein or carbohydrates and is digested more slowly, resulting in the sensation of satiety after eating. It also enhances the taste, aroma, and texture of food. Fats are made chiefly of triglycerides, each molecule of which contains three fatty acids. Dietary fat supplies humans with essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Fat also regulates cholesterol metabolism and is a precursor of prostaglandins. See more at saturated fat, unsaturated fat.

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Fat definition

(Heb. heleb) denotes the richest part of the animal, or the fattest of the flock, in the account of Abel's sacrifice (Gen. 4:4). It sometimes denotes the best of any production (Gen. 45:18; Num. 18:12; Ps. 81:16; 147:47). The fat of sacrifices was to be burned (Lev. 3:9-11; 4:8; 7:3; 8:25; Num. 18:17. Comp. Ex. 29:13-22; Lev. 3:3-5). It is used figuratively for a dull, stupid state of mind (Ps 17:10). In Joel 2:24 the word is equivalent to "vat," a vessel. The hebrew word here thus rendered is elsewhere rendered "wine-fat" and "press-fat" (Hag. 2:16; Isa. 63:2).

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