well-heeled

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cock-fighting sense, a well-heeled cock was provided with sharp spurs and could inflict maximum damage.[1] Then it came along in American frontier slang to mean that one was well-equipped. In the modern sense, however, it means being armed with the most powerful weapon: money.

Adjective[edit]

well-heeled (comparative more well-heeled, superlative most well-heeled)

  1. rich; affluent; prosperous

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1950 April 1, A. J. Liebling, “Dead Game”, The New Yorker, retrieved on 2012-07-13, pages 35-45: