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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I’m right with the usage of the phrase “run to fat” in the following sentences.
Thank God I shall never run to fat.
She exclaimed happily that she would never run to fat.
run to fat = become fat; get fat; have a tendency to corpulence
Thank you for your efforts.
Never used as such in the U.S. ...."get fat" would be used.
Is "run to fat" a slang phrase? Where did you hear it/
This bus runs to the city centre. (literal)
The total will run to thousands of dollars. (Idiomatic)
The common expression for increasing or loosing fat are:
To become/reduce fat, To add/loose fat
Here is an article where I have found the phrase in question even before beginning to read it, namely in it's title "Sedentary nation will run to fat":
Sedentary nation will run to fat - National - theage.com.au
In the UK, it's used to suggest getting fat through inaction and is not an uncommon phrase.
"She's a nice looking girl, but the women in that family tend to run to fat.
i.e. They tend to get fatter as they get older.