the fat is in the fire






the fat is in the fire

something has been said or done that is about to cause trouble or anger

This expression refers to the sizzling and spitting caused by a spillage of cooking fat into an open flame. It was first used, in the mid 16th century, to indicate the complete failure of a plan or enterprise.


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live off the fat of the land = live on the fat of the land

have the best of everything

In Genesis 45 : 18, Pharaoh tells Joseph's brothers : ye shall eat the fat of the land. Fat meaning the best part or choicest produce is now found only in this expression.




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