make a killing

make a killing

Fig. to have a great success, especially in making money. John has got a job selling insurance. He's not exactly making a killing. Bill made a killing at the racetrack yesterday.
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make a killing

Enjoy a large and quick profit, as in They made a killing in real estate. This expression alludes to a hunter's success. [Slang; late 1800s]
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make a killing

COMMON If someone makes a killing, they make a large profit very quickly and easily. The boss of Britain's top pizza company made a killing yesterday by selling off some of his shares. If there is uncertainty about future gold prices, you could be lucky and make a killing.
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make a killing

have a great financial success, especially on a stock exchange.
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ˌmake a ˈkilling

(informal) make a lot of money quickly: He was clever. He invested a lot of money in property. When prices went up, he made a killing. OPPOSITE: lose your shirt
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make a killing

tv. to make an enormous profit; to become an enormous success. I wanted to make a killing as a banker, but it didn’t work out.
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