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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

be a licence to print money

Of an activity, business model, or company, to yield very high profits but require little or no effort to do so. 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. The whole racket is a licence to print money.
See also: licence, money, print

poetic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it poetic license. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of poetic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want.
2. Changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. The film uses a bit too much poetic license, portraying the warriors as "saviors" of the region, while ignoring the fact that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people.
See also: license, poetic

artistic license

1. Intentional violations of or deviations from traditional forms, standards, or syntax by a writer in order to achieve a particular effect. Any two-bit poet can string together a jumble of words and call it artistic license. Don't get hung up on adhering too strictly to iambic pentameter—you can use a bit of artistic license if it means preserving the meaning and rhythm you want.
2. Changes to or misrepresentations of facts or history in the name of art or for the sake of an agenda. The film uses a bit too much artistic license, portraying the warriors as "saviors" of the region, while ignoring the fact that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people.
See also: artistic, license

poetic license

liberties or license of the type taken by artists, especially poets, to violate patterns of rhyme, harmony, structure, etc. I couldn't tell whether he kept making spelling mistakes or if it was just poetic license.
See also: license, poetic

poetic license

Also, artistic license. The liberty taken by a writer or artist in deviating from conventional form or fact to achieve an effect. For example, I've never seen grass or a tree of that color; but that's artistic license. [Late 1700s]
See also: license, poetic

a licence to print money

mainly BRITISH
If you describe an activity as a licence to print money, you mean that it allows people to get a lot of money with little effort. Note: The noun `licence' is spelled `license' in American English. This world-famous drama festival is a licence to print money for those renting their homes to groups of performers. Is owning a sporting goods store a license to print money? Note: This expression usually shows disapproval.
See also: licence, money, print

licence to print money

a very lucrative commercial activity, typically one perceived as requiring little effort.
See also: licence, money, print

artistic/poetic ˈlicence

(often ironic) the freedom of artists or writers to change facts in order to make a story, painting, etc. more interesting or beautiful: In the book, a fair amount of artistic licence has been taken with the timing of historical events so that they fit with the story.I allowed myself a little poetic licence in describing the table as an antique.
Licence in this idiom means ‘freedom to do or say whatever you want’.
See also: artistic, licence, poetic

a licence to print ˈmoney

(disapproving) used to describe a business which makes a lot of money with little effort: Many people think that the national lottery is nothing more than a licence to print money.
See also: licence, money, print
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