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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

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