make (one's) fortune(s)

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make (one's) fortune(s)

To earn or accumulate one's wealth. (Usually used before or after the method by which one accumulated such wealth.) He made his fortune importing steel from China. The mobile phone market became saturated with app developers eager to make their fortunes.
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References in classic literature ?
My state of depression would have gratified the most exacting of Methodists; and my penitent face would have made my fortune if I could only have been exhibited by a reformatory association on the platform of Exeter Hall.
You expected, perhaps, I was going to tell you that I had made my fortune, or that the Uncle Blondeau had at last decided to return into the breast of nature, after having constituted me his universal legatee.