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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

make out like a bandit

Slang
To be highly successful in a given enterprise.
See also: bandit, like, make, out
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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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.
The SSP also announced a reward of Rs one Lac for the police personnel who were part of the police team that killed the notorious bandit.
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After a brief chase policemen arrested the fleeing bandits with the help of local residents and recovered two pistols, a good number of bullets and a motorcycle from them.
Desperate to get Bandit back, Christine and Jo placed an advert in the Chronicle offering a reward for her safe return.
Indeed, Belly Bandit fan, Minnie Driver said: "The Belly Bandit not only helped my tummy, but also really supported my back and helps my posture while nursing."
Frizbee, one of the most well-known bands in Welsh rock, appear in the new series and pay tribute to Bandit's contribution to the music scene in Wales.
Political control by the center was at its weakest along the county boundaries, which often were defined by difficult terrain, and here bandit infestation was common.
LAKKI MARWAT -- Police arrested two bandits who had looted a local trader on April 25 in the district police office on Thursday.
IF you enjoy taking to the open roads clad in helmet and leathers then the Bandit is for you.
The Bat to the call is tagged Bandit, while the Bat to the weak side is referred to as Will.
And a couple of crooks who seemed to enjoy diving through open car windows and burning rubber to escape were labelled the Starsky and Hutch Bandits. Daniel came up with theButterfingers Bandit for a thief who dropped his swag on two different raids.