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fatten sb/sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with fatten   /ˈfæt.ən/ us    /ˈfæt̬-/
to give an animal or a thin person a lot of food so that they become fatter: These cattle are being fattened up for slaughter. humorous You're just trying to fatten me up.
Translations of “fatten sb/sth up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使長胖,使長肥, 給…育肥…
in Russian откармливать…
in Turkish semirtmek, iyi beslemek, şişmanlatmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使长胖,使长肥, 给…育肥…
in Polish utuczyć kogoś/coś…
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