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be on the gravy train

To be in a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. I'll be on the gravy train once I get paid from the settlement of the lawsuit! My brother has been on the gravy train ever since he married his wife, whose family owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
See also: gravy, on, train

on the gravy train

In a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. I'll be on the gravy train once I get paid from the settlement of the lawsuit! My brother ended up on the gravy train when he married his wife, whose family owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
See also: gravy, on, train

the gravy train

A state, position, or job in which one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. I'll be on the gravy train once I get paid from the settlement of the lawsuit! My brother ended up on the gravy train when he married his wife, whose family owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
See also: 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.
See also: board, gravy, train

ride the gravy train

To be in a state, position, or job where one makes an excessive amount of money without expending much or any effort. I'll be riding the gravy train once I get paid from the settlement of the lawsuit! My brother has been riding the gravy train ever since he married his wife, whose family owns one of the largest oil companies in the world.
See also: gravy, ride, train

(the) rest is gravy

Fig. Any additional money received is just an easily acquired bonus. There is some cost involved in buying the raw materials, and the cost of manufacturing is negligible. When we pay off the costs, the rest is gravy.
See also: gravy, rest

ride the gravy train

Fig. to live in ease or luxury. 1/7 had a million dollars, I sure could ride the gravy train. I wouldn't like loafing if I were rich. I don't want to ride the gravy train.
See also: gravy, ride, train

gravy train, ride the

Experience excessive ease, success, or profit, especially undeservedly. For example, Now that his brother is paying all his bills, Jim is riding the gravy train. The word gravy has long meant "easy profits," and the term is believed to come from 19th-century railroad slang, although the earliest recorded use dates from the early 1900s. W.C. Handy used it in one of his famous blues songs written in 1914, in which he bemoans falling off the gravy train. Also see easy street.
See also: gravy, ride

a gravy train

COMMON If you describe something as a gravy train, you mean it is an easy way of earning a lot of money over a long period. Software companies realise that the gravy train can't go on for much longer as the recession causes prices to fall. The boardroom gravy train continued to roll happily along yesterday, with news of pay-offs to three executives totalling nearly 1.4 million pounds. Note: You usually use this expression in a disapproving way. Note: In the United States, `gravy' was slang for money or profit. Railway workers invented this expression in the early 1920s to describe a regular journey which provided good pay for little work.
See also: gravy, train

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’.
See also: board, gravy, train

the ˈgravy train

(informal, especially American English) (of a particular job or situation) an easy way of getting a lot of money and other benefits: Financial services produce very high earnings, and a lot of people are trying to get onto the gravy train.
See also: gravy, train

(Good) gravy!

exclam. Good! Good gravy! Are you still here?
See also: good

gravy!

verb

gravy

1. n. extra or easy money; easy profit. After I pay expenses, the rest is pure gravy.
2. mod. good. Man, her shape is gravy!
3. Go to (Good) gravy!

gravy train

n. a job that brings in a steady supply of easy money or gravy. This kind of job is a real gravy train.
See also: gravy, train

have gravy on one’s grits

tv. to be rich. He got himself a good job and has gravy on his grits while I’m still eating taters.
See also: gravy, grits, have, on

red gravy

n. blood. If you’re gonna pick your scabs, keep your red gravy and stuff off me!
See also: gravy, red
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For lighter gravies, keep the temperature low and cook it a little longer, about seven minutes, especially if using butter, which will burn at a much lower temperature than other fats.
For darker gravies you can bump up the temperature because you're using fats that burn at a higher temperature.
The bulk of annual sales come from dry and ready-to-use frozen sauces and gravies.
Being able to produce roux quickly and consistently has enabled Country Flavor to provide roux to companies as far away as Australia for gravy production, and also to scale up scratch formulations of chain restaurant sauces and gravies to industrial production.
The company's product lines are in two areas: industrial sales of roux, and dry and liquid gravies for foodservice.
Country Flavor started by cloning gravies that regional cafes had been making in their kitchens from scratch.
But roux is the basis of the vast majority of scratch soups, sauces and gravies.
Aunt Bessie's gravies give the consumer all the taste and quality of homemade gravy ready to serve straight from frozen in under five minutes--and in a format that allows the consumer to choose exactly how much they want to serve.
Most gravies are made using wheat flour and dairy products.
In addition to being better for our health, bean gravies are also better for our food budget.
In case I haven't convinced you how beneficial bean gravies can be, just wait till you try them.
Harry's products include entrees, soups, stews, chilies, side dishes, gravies, and desserts - and are Chef-made, in small batches, one-kettle-at-a-time and have a refrigerated shelf-life of 45-to-75 days.
Chilled gravies are a departure for the brand which currently offers frozen products from Yorkshire puddings to roast potatoes.
The product, manufactured by Goldenfry Foods, is one of the first ambient gravies on the market.
Flavors, primarily used in beverages, ice cream, sauces, gravies and snack foods, will grow at a projected 4.