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Kill the Fatted Calf

What Does "Kill the Fatted Calf" Mean?

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"Kill the fatted calf" is an English idiom. It means "to prepare a special feast or celebration, particularly for someone's return."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "kill the fatted calf" used in a sentence:
  • When the prodigal son returned, his father killed the fatted calf.
  • When she came home after years abroad, her family practically killed the fatted calf in celebration.
  • He hasn't visited in a decade; we'll kill the fatted calf when he arrives!
meaning for kill the fatted calf

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Kill the Fatted Calf" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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