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make out like a bandit

To make a very large profit or be extremely successful. You can actually make out like a bandit if you know all the fees and expenses that you're entitled to. Sarah is making out like a bandit developing apps for government agencies. They made out like bandits when they're startup company was purchased by the global tech giant.
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one-arm bandit

A slot machine designed for gambling in which you pull down a lever on one side that generates a random combination of three shapes, which may or may not award the player money depending on the combination received. After my wife lost her entire month's wages to the one-arm bandits in Atlantic City, we've decided to stay away from casinos altogether.
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one-armed bandit

A slot machine designed for gambling in which you pull down a lever on one side that generates a random combination of three shapes, which may or may not award the player money depending on the combination received. After my wife lost her entire month's wages to the one-armed bandits in Atlantic City, we've decided to stay away from casinos altogether.
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make out like a bandit

Rur. to make a large profit. Joe's making out like a bandit, selling expensive cameras. Mary made out like a bandit, playing twenty-one in Las Vegas.
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make out like a bandit

Succeed extremely well, as in He invested in real estate and made out like a bandit. This expression likens other forms of success to that of a triumphant robber. It may, however, come from an intermediate source, that is, the use of bandit (or one-armed bandit) for a slot machine, which is far more profitable for the house than for gamblers. [Slang; c. 1970]
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one-armed bandit

A slot machine, as in It's amazing how many people think they can make money playing a one-armed bandit. This term refers to both appearance and function: the operating lever looks like an arm, and the machine in effect robs players, since it "wins" and keeps the player's money in an overwhelming majority of instances. [c. 1930]
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make out like a bandit

Slang
To be highly successful in a given enterprise.
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make out like a bandit

Operate very successfully. This slangy term refers not to an outlaw but to the one-armed bandit of gambling—that is, a slot machine. Since slot machines invariably win, making out like one is synonymous with success. Sometimes shortened to simply like a bandit, the phrase dates from the second half of the 1900s. Cartoonist Gary Trudeau used it in Doonesbury in 1985: “Unlike our farm belt cousins, Californians have been makin’ out like bandits.”
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'However, the bandits killed four persons and escaped into a thick mountainous forest,' he said.
Another 10-minute firefight ensued, he said, as the reinforcing Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team members from Kan Ague village encountered the fleeing ASG bandits.
In desperate need of baserunners, Jessie Scroggins got the bottom of the inning started for the Bandits with a double.
Nalimo said, unlike residents, the suspected bandits possess illegal firearms leaving the residents defenseless.
Earlier, Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo, commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, announced that more than 90 bandits have surrendered to the military in a span of 313 days, or until March this year.
When our officers were loading the animals, bandits ambushed them prompting the two groups to open fire killing one officer on the spot, said Mr Ondego.
Howe and Lindman brought the Bandits closer again in Heat Seven with a fine 2-4 won well by Howe over the forceful Harris but with Thomas retiring again, and Lindman's packing in, Lindman had to push home for the point in the Berwick heat advantage, but as Kerr and Sarjeant reversed the 4-2, split by Doolan, taking the score to 26-22, news filtered from the pits that Etheridge had been withdrawn on medical grounds.
It may be recalled that the police had filed an interim charge before the magistrate on March 24, in which ASI Tariq was named as the main suspect for killing Maqsood and wounding his rickshaw driver friend Abdul Rauf, while policemen Akbar and Waheed were charge sheeted for not adopting proper strategy to arrest the bandits and trying to conceal the facts about the killing of young Maqsood.
The slain bandit was identified as Badal Keerio, a notorious criminal who carried a price on his head, according to the police officials.
All teams were exceptional and produced a wonderful tournament, but ultimately it was Netherley who triumphed, beating The Sticky Bandits in the final showdown.
Levies said that they received information that a gang of bandits was looting people on Roghani road.
A trooper from the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion was killed while four others were wounded following a clash with 60 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Bud Pula, Barangay Bungkaong, Patikul town, Sulu Sunday afternoon.
Police said that three armed bandits intercepted one Asmatullah near the village mosque when he was going to Zahidabad locality on his motorcycle after buying medicines in Naurang bazaar.
Mumbai Three of the eight bandits accused of gang-raping two married women and forcing five others to strip before making off with their valuables and cash were arrested yesterday.
By Bonifacio Taban Kuich August 24, 2010 (BENTIU) - Bandits attacked Guit County in Dadok Payam killing two people and seriously wounding five late on Saturday evening, according to the county's commissioner Puoy Yaka .