kill the fatted calf

kill the fatted calf
kill the fatted calf produce one's best food to celebrate, especially at a prodigal's return. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15.]
Main Entry: fat

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  • kill the fatted calf — To celebrate or welcome lavishly or extravagantly • • • Main Entry: ↑calf kill the fatted calf see under ↑calf1 • • • Main Entry: ↑fat kill the fatted calf See under ↑calf1 • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • kill the fatted calf — If you kill the fatted calf, you have a celebration, usually to welcome someone who s been away a long time …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • kill the fatted calf — to celebrate in order to welcome a friend or relative that you have not seen for a long time. Annie s coming home, let s kill the fatted calf! …   New idioms dictionary

  • kill the fatted calf — verb To begin a festive celebration and rejoicing for someones long awaited return …   Wiktionary

  • kill the fatted calf — produce one s best food to celebrate, especially at a prodigal s return. [with biblical allusion to Luke 15.] → fat …   English new terms dictionary

  • kill the fatted calf —  Celebrate (usu. someone s return) …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • calf — [ka:f US kæf] n plural calves [ka:vz US kævz] [Sense: 1; Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: kalfi] [Sense: 2 3; Origin: Old English cealf] 1.) the part of the back of your leg between your knee and your ↑ankle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • calf — calf1 [kaf, käf] n. pl. calves or, esp. for 4, calfs [ME < OE cealf & ON kalfr < IE * geleb(h) < base * gel , to swell, form a ball (hence swelling, fetus, offspring) > CLUB, L globus] 1. a young cow or bull 2. the young of some other …   English World dictionary

  • kill — kill1 W1S1 [kıl] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make somebody/something die)¦ 2 kill yourself 3¦(make something stop/fail)¦ 4¦(be angry with somebody)¦ 5¦(annoyed/sad)¦ 6 would/could kill for something 7 my head/back etc is killing me 8 kill time/an hour etc 9… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • calf — noun plural calves, (C) 1 the part of the back of your leg between your knee and your ankle 2 the baby of a cow, or of some other large animals such as the elephant 3 be in calf if a cow is in calf, it is going to have a baby see also: kill the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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