board the gravy train

board the gravy train

To come into a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. The settlement of this lawsuit will help me to board the gravy train. My brother boarded the gravy train by marrying into a family that owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
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board (or climb on) the gravy train

obtain access to an easy source of financial gain. informal
Gravy is an informal term for ‘money easily acquired’.
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Conservatives have jumped on the band wagon whilst we import terrorists from the countries we are fighting, pay them generous benefits and then we pay their solicitors to get on board the gravy train.
Bulger didn't invent pension-law manipulation, his successful bid to boost his six-figure pension as UMass president by counting his housing allowance as income certainly inspired a trend, with former public college presidents among the first trying to board the gravy train.
No wonder transsexuals and feral dole-bludgers are clambering to board the gravy train in all its tabloid colour glory.
But smaller cities that desperately need cash could also climb on board the gravy train.
Colin Charvis has revealed he is planning to board the gravy train of former internationals turned TV pundits.
There were six in the main draw and they have seen the money she has made from being a tennis player yet to win a title and want to clamber on board the gravy train themselves.
What a contrast to our present bunch in government which contains a group of shabby incompetents who lack any principles other than a determination to remain on board the gravy train at any cost, in spite of their ineptitude, hypocrisy or venality.
If the Welsh Labour MPs can't do this - or won't do this - then Wales must be told just what we are paying them to do each week when they board the gravy train to Westminster.
Hard man Wood has seen it all in a heady spell since quitting Garryowen to board the gravy train with Harlequins when the game went open in England.