well-heeled

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a literal use in cockfighting: a well-heeled cock was provided with sharp spurs and could inflict maximum damage.[1] From this developed the American frontier slang sense of being well-equipped.

From this came the modern sense of being well-equipped in terms of money.

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. rich; affluent; prosperous

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Liebling, A. J. (1 April 1950), “Dead Game”, in The New Yorker[1], retrieved 2012-07-13, pages 35-45