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make out like a bandit

Rur. to make a large profit. Joe's making out like a bandit, selling expensive cameras. Mary made out like a bandit, playing twenty-one in Las Vegas.
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make out like a bandit

Succeed extremely well, as in He invested in real estate and made out like a bandit. This expression likens other forms of success to that of a triumphant robber. It may, however, come from an intermediate source, that is, the use of bandit (or one-armed bandit) for a slot machine, which is far more profitable for the house than for gamblers. [Slang; c. 1970]
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one-armed bandit

A slot machine, as in It's amazing how many people think they can make money playing a one-armed bandit. This term refers to both appearance and function: the operating lever looks like an arm, and the machine in effect robs players, since it "wins" and keeps the player's money in an overwhelming majority of instances. [c. 1930]
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make out like a bandit

To be highly successful in a given enterprise.
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Separately, a bandit was shot dead within the limits of Korangi Industrial area.
Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits took Enrico Nee of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao- Sulu first district engineering office near his house in Barangay Kasalamatan, Jolo before 8 a.
According to Galvez, 170 bandits have surrendered to the military since 2017 - 75 from Basilan, 60 from Sulu, 33 from Tawi-Tawi, and two from Zamboanga City.
SSP Dadu Shabbir Sethar said that the slain bandit was involved in more than 40 criminal cases in different districts of the province, including Tando Allahyar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Shikarpur.
Foaming at the mouth and shaking uncontrollably, fouryear-old Bandit was rushed into intensive care with what vets at first feared was a brain tumour.
With accompanying libraries for both iOS and Android, developers will be able to quickly integrate TomTom Bandit technology into their application and build great experiences using smart video recording.
She said: "The back door in the house was open and Bandit got out and went on to the main road.
The Levies Force arrested the injured robber and shifted the dead and the injured including the bandit and the Levies personnel to hospital.
Police said that three armed bandits intercepted one Asmatullah near the village mosque when he was going to Zahidabad locality on his motorcycle after buying medicines in Naurang bazaar.
This release details the on-going work at the Bandit - Bandit South Area and further results are expected shortly.
Bandit, pictured, went missing on Friday, August 10, during her regular walk in Chopwell Woods.
summer, was helping his parents around the store when the Bandit entered
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