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paper profit

A profit that one could receive for something that they have not sold yet. I only get excited about the money that's actually in my bank account, not paper profits.
See also: paper, profit

profit by (something)

1. Literally, to make money from something. I promise, you'll profit by this business venture. There are stacks of bills in your future.
2. To learn from some experience. Well, as long as you profit by this error, then it's not so bad, right?
See also: by, profit

profit from (something)

1. Literally, to make money from something. I promise, you'll profit from this business venture. There are stacks of cash in your future.
2. To learn or gain something from some experience. Well, as long as you profit from this error, then it's not so bad, right?
See also: profit

realize (something) from (something)

1. To come to some particular realization as a result of something else. I realized that she didn't love me from the look on her face. You should have realized from the way they were acting that they had no intention of honoring the agreement.
2. To achieve or obtain some profit or other gain as a result of some transaction or sale. We'll ensure you realize the largest possible return from your investment. The government realized a pretty sizable profit from the sale of its properties around the country.
See also: realize

reap (something) from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to accrue or accumulate something from the harvest of something else. We were able to reap a huge bounty of corn from the fields this year.
2. To gain, obtain, or achieve something from some source. I'll ensure you're able to reap huge profits from this investment. The data we reaped from these computer caches will enable us to take down the terrorist cell once and for all.
See also: reap

turn a profit

To make money; to make a profit from a particular venture. We're going to have to close the shop if we don't turn a profit again this quarter. We broke even again, but I think we will turn a profit next quarter.
See also: profit, turn

weave (something) from (something) else

1. To create something by weaving some material together. I learned how to weave a basket from reeds. They wove this beautiful tapestry from spider silk.
2. To concoct something, such as a story, out of some certain information. The scriptwriter wove a narrative from the diary entries of a young man who was stationed in Vietnam at the time. You should weave your stories from the interactions and events you've experienced in real life.
See also: else, weave

weave (something) into (something) else

1. To use a particular material to create something through weaving. I learned how to weave reeds into a rudimentary basket. The team of specialists spent three years weaving the silk of over a million spiders into a stunning ceremonial cape.
2. To combine several distinct pieces or sources of information into a single cohesive story. The scriptwriter wove the testimony of everyone involved into a gripping legal thriller. I bet you'd be able to weave these diary entries into a beautiful novel.
See also: else, weave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

profit by something

 and profit from something 
1. Lit. to gain money from something. You will surely profit by investing in this stock. I know I will profit from this investment.
2. Fig. to learn from something. I am sure you will profit by your unpleasant experience. Yes, I will profit from my failure.
See also: by, profit

turn a profit

to earn a profit. The company plans to turn a profit two years from now.
See also: profit, turn
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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