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make capital out of (something)

To use something to one's advantage or profit. Prosecutors are making capital out of the defendant's conflicting stories.
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with a capital (some letter)

1. In the most extreme form or degree. I am hungry with a capital H! Let's eat! No, it's not an emergency with a capital E. I can wait until the end of the day.
2. In the most typical, formal, or traditional form. When he talks about photography, he means with a capital P. He would never think to consider pictures taken on smartphones. Well, it's not literature with a capital L, but it's still a good story.
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make capital out of

Use profitably, turn to account, as in The challengers made capital out of the President's signing a bill that increased taxes . This expression, first recorded in 1855, uses capital in the sense of "material wealth used to create more wealth."
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with a capital A/B/C, etc.

COMMON
1. You say with a capital A/B/C, etc. to mean that something has a particular quality to a great extent. You mark my words, that man's Trouble with a capital `T'.
2. You say with a capital A/B/C, etc. to mean that a particular idea or concept is being understood in only the strictest sense. The British tend to see things in terms of principles with a capital P. This is art with a capital A. Note: This sense is often used slightly disapprovingly, to suggest that someone is taking something too seriously.
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with a capital —

used to give emphasis to the word or concept in question.
1991 Nesta Wyn Ellis John Major He is not a personality with a capital P, not flamboyant, not it seems an angry man.
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make ˈcapital of/out of something

use a situation or an event in a way which benefits yourself; exploit something: The media made great capital out of his careless remarks in the interview.
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with a capital ˈA, ˈB, ˈC, etc.

used to emphasize that a word has a stronger meaning in a particular situation; very: When I say he’s boring, I mean boring with a capital B!
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capital

n. cash; money. I’m a little short of capital right now.
References in classic literature ?
In fact, our friends may be said to have been among the first of that brood of hardy English adventurers who have subsequently invaded the Continent and swindled in all the capitals of Europe.
This city of Telephonia would be the capital of an empire of wire.
Most of the equity participation by banking organizations is concentrated in a small number of large banking organizations, whose activities are focused on the private equity market and, in some cases, whose holdings account for a significant proportion of their capital and earnings.
The impact on the economy, investment, and living standard of an aging population can be seen in the neoclassical production function, which states that output is a function of capital and labor inputs and technological changes.
P argues that he can use his 2001 capital losses to reduce his 2000 AMTI, because the capital loss limits of Secs.
The concept of human capital worked so well that it was only a matter of time until someone came up with the idea of Social Capital.
These factors are what some sociologists and labor market economists refer to as human capital.
PC insurers have developed increasingly sophisticated tools to manage their portfolio of risks and assess the capital they need to run their businesses.
On behalf of Tax Executives Institute (TEI), I am writing to voice our concern about a proposed delay in the reduction of the Quebec capital tax burden.
Specific standards were first imposed in 1981, following a period in which already low capital ratios at large U.
The result is that the pulp and paper industry is commonly accepted as the business with the highest capital intensity, as shown in Figure 1.
The importance of size and scale as factors in both access to capital and cost efficiency magnifies the need for market sophistication.
Teradici will use this capital to fund its 2007 go-to-market plan while, in parallel, accelerating its second and third generation product strategies.
Under UPIA Section 104, a power to adjust allows the trustee to transfer amounts between trust income and principal, so that both classes of beneficiaries are allocated reasonable amounts of the total return (including both traditional income and capital appreciation) when a trust invests under the "prudent investor" rule.
By understanding the role and drivers of working capital management and taking steps to reach the "right" levels of working capital, companies can minimize risk, effectively prepare for uncertainty and improve overall performance.