a licence to print money

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a licence to print money

An activity, business model, or company that yields very high profits but requires little or no effort to do so. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. All these hefty parking fees and fines are just a licence to print money for the city. These trashy gossip magazines are of such low quality, yet they always fly off the shelves. They're all licences to print money.
See also: licence, money, print
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You don't need me to tell you these are the deals and clauses that, among other things, give agents the licence to print money.
A bet on the Yanks, at 4-7, is pretty much a licence to print money, which I often do, despite not having a licence.
It's a licence to print money - providing, of course, that you get the numbers right and that you've got Lord Sugar, pictured, doing his usual trick of laying on people for you.
Running a supermarket chain in Britain was, for a long time, a licence to print money.
Our greatest concern is about the lack of regulatory control of a proposed second runway at Gatwick where the C has handed GAL a licence to print money and has significantly enhanced the value of the future sale of GAL by private infrastructure fund GIP.
Public service, and respect for postal workers, are far more important than giving the government's pals a licence to print money.
Since the bad weather (floods or frost) has interfered with racing, it is obvious how that reduces the crowd in shops, so don't try to say racing doesn't matter any more, just be grateful the Macmillan government gave you a licence to print money all those years ago.
As for a 15-year tenure it makes it even more unrealistic, with a pounds 15,000 payment thrown in as a licence to print money.
In the privatised transport world we are in, having one or two very large operators dominating bus provision isn't healthy and can become a licence to print money for the owning companies .
ONE DIRECTION IT doesn't matter what I say, these boys are a licence to print money.
Anyone with half a brain could predict that these companies would jump on the band wagon - or is it tow wagon - to make the most of their golden monopoly situation and licence to print money, with police protection and blessing.
99 WOODY, Buzz, Jessie and co are effectively a licence to print money this summer.
He added: "Here's the latest evidence that train operators are using rail privatisation as a licence to print money while the politicians sit back and let them get on with it.
Sadly, David Cameron is not crunching home despite a massive lead in the polls, where he too has a licence to print money.
I do not, of course, know what conditions if any were imposed on the M6 Toll's owners in respect of its charges, in return for permission to build it, though it is clear from your figures alone and the regularity and scale of increases in charges since the road was built that it is less a service to the region and its road-users than a licence to print money.