As this 1950 film shows, the expression ‘prime lamb’ began to be used even before health issues made its alternative, ‘fat lamb’, unacceptable. Both mean lamb in prime condition, ready for slaughter.
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Reference: Canterbury is a hundred. National Film Unit, 1950
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