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a. The ester of glycerol and one, two, or three fatty acids.
b. Any of various soft, solid, or semisolid organic compounds constituting the esters of glycerol and fatty acids and their associated organic groups.
c. 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.
d. Animal tissue containing such substances.
e. A solidified animal or vegetable oil.
2. Obesity; corpulence: health risks associated with fat.
3. Unnecessary excess: "would drain the appropriation's fat without cutting into education's muscle" (New York Times).
adj. fat·ter, fat·test
1. Having much or too much fat or flesh; plump or obese.
2. Full of fat or oil; greasy.
3. Abounding in desirable elements: a paycheck fat with bonus money.
4. Fertile or productive; rich: "It was a fine, green, fat landscape" (Robert Louis Stevenson).
5. Having an abundance or amplitude; well-stocked: a fat larder.
a. Yielding profit or plenty; lucrative or rewarding: a fat promotion.
b. Prosperous; wealthy: grew fat on illegal profits.
a. Thick; large: a fat book.
b. Puffed up; swollen: a fat lip.
tr. & intr.v. fat·ted, fat·ting, fats
To make or become fat; fatten.
a fat lot Slang
Very little or none at all: a fat lot of good it will do him.
fat chance Slang
Very little or no chance.
the fat is in the fire
Bad consequences are sure to follow; trouble lies ahead.
the fat of the land
Desirable resources, especially when acquired with little effort: I fantasized about buying a farm and living off the fat of the land.

[Middle English, from Old English fǣtt, fatted; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.]

fat′ly adv.
fat′ness n.
Synonyms: fat, overweight, obese, corpulent, portly, stout, pudgy, rotund, plump1, chubby
These adjectives mean having an abundance and often an excess of flesh. Fat implies more weight than one desires or than is considered desirable by social norms: was getting fat and decided to exercise. Overweight conveys the sense that the weight is above a medical standard for age or height and may be unhealthy: oversized garments for overweight customers. Another word with medical connotations, obese means grossly overweight: "a woman of robust frame ... though stout, not obese" (Charlotte Brontë).
While corpulent also refers to conspicuous body weight, it is not always as judgmental a term as obese: the corpulent figure of the seated Buddha. Portly refers to bulk combined with a stately or imposing bearing: A portly guard blocked the doorway. Stout denotes a thickset, bulky figure: a painting of stout peasants. Pudgy means short and fat: pudgy fingers. Rotund refers to the roundness of figure associated with a spreading midsection: "this pink-faced rotund specimen of prosperity" (George Eliot).
Plump and chubby apply to a pleasing fullness of figure: a plump little toddler; chubby cheeks.
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Noun1.fat chance - little or no chance of success
probability, chance - a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; "the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5"
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Thankfully, Fat Chance is not merely another how-not-to-be-fat book with the author hawking his product line as the cure-all.
The brands include the 5.8% abv Kona Brewing Lemongrass Luau Blonde Ale, described as a "blonde ale brewed with wheat malt, a variety of hops, Maui turbinado sugar and Big Island Ginger and Lemongrass" as well as Redhook Fat Chance Light IPA a 4% ABV session beer with less than 120 calories.
A forecast outsider who could be primed to outrun its likely odds FAT CHANCE could run well at inviting odds in a wide-open 7f maiden at Lingfield (3.45), writes Ed Quigley.
Otherwise, the next generation of Brits will have a fat chance of reaching their true potential.
Fat chance. His gravity-defying, head-spinning performance as Eddie is imprinted on the memory of anyone who saw him in it--and that amounts to a lot of people.
Bruce Nauman's narcissism is our only viable solution to the death of self-portraiture; Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage), 2002, an absurdist masterpiece of melancholia, finally transforms the artist's studio into a chamber of anticipation and absence, filled (to borrow from Christopher Ricks on Beckett) with the longing for oblivion.
Fat chance if you think that same theory will work at euro-pinching Fiat: "At Fiat it is tough, it really is.
Fat chance, at least for flu, according to a study in mice.
Fat chance. You'd say that Ryan's rolled back the years during the last few games for United, but he's hardly Peter Beagrie anyway.
Not because they don't care (fat chance!), but because they want you to become more independent and they trust your ability to make level-headed--or, at the very least, semi level-headed--decisions!