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    fat in the fire

    "Susie knows you've been seeing her boyfriend, so the fat's in the fire."

    My Cambridge dictionary says it's old-fashioned. Do people say this idiom nowadays?

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    Re: fat in the fire

    I do, but I am often accused of being old-fashioned.

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    Re: fat in the fire

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I do, but I am often accused of being old-fashioned.
    I mean in general.

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    Re: fat in the fire

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I do, but I am often accused of being old-fashioned.
    Same for me. I usually hear it (or say it) in relation to an already unpleasant situation. You have been having problems with Susie and now you are seeing her boyfriend. You've just "thrown more fat into the fire."
    Addition: It's used by people I know who are generally over 50. I can't speak for younger people.

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