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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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Those who are supposed to rule the country within the frameworks of democratic principles and the rule of law perform unprecedented acts of banditry. They commit one crime after another.
After Boston TV station WCVB ran a story on Chelsa Crowley's banditry -- she ran with her Twitter handle on her shirt -- her husband, FourSquare founder Dennis Crowley, posted an apology on the station's website.
Saqr Al Bulushi, member of the elected Municipal Council representing Liwa, was given a one year sentence for banditry and illegal gathering.
The rest of the book is divided into three parts that examine banditry from the perspectives of the robbers, the city-dwellers who feared them, and the (emerging) state that sought to eradicate them.
Everybody can express him self peacefully through parliament and political and democratic means available to all, far from violence or banditry or killing exercised by paid and isolated elements, Saleh indicated.
In many ways this book opens up the question of the place of bushranging in nineteenth century New South Wales by addressing it from the perspective of Eric Hobsbawm's concept of social banditry. It also reflects some of the problems raised by Hobsbawm in any analysis of rural criminality when it runs up against middle-class views of Australian history, in which the rural criminal is still often seen as some sort of threat.
A senior government minister described the killing as "an act of banditry".
It is believed the man was attacked while driving on his own in what officials have described as an "act of banditry".
Authorities in Ethiopia have labelled the killing as "an act of banditry".
Acts of banditry including the theft of vehicles at gunpoint are common occurrences in Darfur.
Nine women and a boy were freed on Friday, a day after more than 70 school children, teachers and villagers were seized on the southern island of Mindanao by armed men demanding that murder and banditry charges against them be dropped.
Nightmares of the Lettered City; Banditry and Literature in Latin America 1816-1929.
Thuggee Banditry and the British in Early Nineteenth-Century India Kim A.
Trial judge Mr Justice Penry-Davey told the gang they had taken part in "organised banditry" during the early morning raid at the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent, in February 2006.