One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Produce one's best food to celebrate, especially at a prodigal's return.
enjoy oneself, make merry, have fun, have a good time, have a wild time, rave, party, have a party, eat, drink, and be merry, revel, roister, carouse, kill the fatted calf, put the flag out, put the flags outView synonyms
- ‘Father killed the fatted calf that we were saving in honor of someone who deserved it, not that son of his.’
- ‘Her mother, Alice, is delighted to see her, but her father, Hank, is not about to kill the fatted calf.’
- ‘On one hand, it meant that Mother would kill the fatted calf and we would eat exceptionally well.’
- ‘Throughout the European countryside, the culmination of harvest season has always been a cue for thanksgiving and merrymaking, a time to kill the fatted calf, crack open a few bottles, have a dance and get seasonally sloshed.’
- ‘Nevertheless, when he returned to civilian life, Nashville didn't exactly kill the fatted calf for him.’
- ‘The couple recalls how their parents killed the fatted calf ‘and a hog to boot for the wedding feast which was rounded out by sauerkraut and noodle soup.’’
- ‘But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
- ‘It was my turn to be surprised as he opened his mouth and sang clearly, ‘We'll kill the fatted calf tonight so stick around.’’
- ‘They haven't exactly killed the fatted calf but they have been buying in an awful lot of Guinness for the return of their prodigal son on Saturday.’
- ‘Perhaps for the same reasons, however, the American media has done everything but kill the fatted calf.’
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