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turn a profit

To make money. We're going to have close up the shop if we don't turn a profit again this quarter.
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profit by (something)

1. Literally, to make money from something. I promise, you'll profit by this business venture. There's stacks of bills in your future.
2. To learn from some experience. Well, as long as you profit by this error, then it's not so bad, right?
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profit by something

 and profit from something 
1. Lit. to gain money from something. You will surely profit by investing in this stock. I know I will profit from this investment.
2. Fig. to learn from something. I am sure you will profit by your unpleasant experience. Yes, I will profit from my failure.
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turn a profit

to earn a profit. The company plans to turn a profit two years from now.
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References in classic literature ?
If the venture was successful the profit would be enormous, there would be a gain of fifty or sixty piastres each for the crew.
See that Hardwell is credited with a quarter share of the profits.
And your branch store absorbed the profits of the three small ones.
Whereat Sancho observed, "The author looks for money and profit, does he?
His horse, the noble minister to the pride, pleasure, and profit of the mountaineer, is selected for his speed and spirit, and prancing gait, and holds a place in his estimation second only to himself.
The farmer bids men bring more hives To house the profit that arrives; Prepares on pan, and key and kettle, Sweet music that shall make 'em settle; But when to crown the work he goes, Gods
There is no man doth a wrong, for the wrong's sake; but thereby to purchase himself profit, or pleasure, or honor, or the like.
She made up her mind to profit by her acquaintance with so many writers, and without loss of time began to learn shorthand and typewriting.
Every student does not profit by a great teacher; but perhaps no young man ever came under the influence of Dr.
Perhaps this is ordered by Providence, that those who have no right to them may profit by them, in that divine contempt of such profit which Providence so often shows.
When the Circling Brothers' big three-ring show on a hard winter went into the hands of the receivers, he boarded the menagerie and the horses and in three months turned a profit of fifteen thousand dollars.
I improved it greatly by practice in secret after I left school, and I ended by making it a source of profit and pocket money to me when I entered the medical profession.
I shall soon become a large fish fit for the tables of the rich, and then you can catch me again, and make a handsome profit of me.
A JUDGE having sentenced a Malefactor to the penitentiary was proceeding to point out to him the disadvantages of crime and the profit of reformation.
This lecture he enriched with many valuable quotations from the antients, particularly from Seneca; who hath indeed so well handled this passion, that none but a very angry man can read him without great pleasure and profit.