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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.
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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 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
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Its thirteenth issue (July-December 2009) has recently reached selected readers in Pakistan, since circulation on a wider scale is no easy task and Qureshi bitterly expresses his difficulties in carrying out a profitless project single-handedly and rightly so.
The approach was developed to provide better insight into how overhead costs should be allocated to individual customer or product and it enables a firm to distinguish between profitable and profitless activities.
Once right-wing publishing was the province of profitless true believers.
Mr Bisignani said: "Fares have stabilized, but at profitless levels.
The culmination of ideological knowledge was revealed as only gathering information, which proves useless and profitless.
We expect to lose some share rather than chase volume to achieve an end result that could be best described as profitless prosperity," Bill Johnson, chief executive of Heinz, admitted at a recent analyst conference in Boca Raton, Florida.
The Colonel sent a strike story to the Montreal Star in which he observed: "In the first days of the strike when food hoarding simply emptied the stores the correspondents who had to get out of town over night to file their stories, always returned with a grip full of eggs, butter, hams and some times even more useful things belonging to careless people they had absent-mindedly picked up, so the trips were not wholly profitless.
This profitless debate has strengthened the misconception that Darwin's ideas led to a 19th-century crisis of faith in Europe and America.
It's a hue and cry that is as profitless as it is, in some cases, unjust.
It's absolutely profitless, but for these people it absolutely makes a difference.
When GE's legendary electric vehicle proved to be too popular and too profitless (no oil to buy, no costly garage repairs required), Big Oil and Detroit conspired to destroy it.
available, however, that EH needs to work the is fast becoming a information that it has profitless commodity.
Pipe's hugely successful method of campaigning horses took the present as its focus and rejected profitless patience for immediate reward.
In the interest of minimizing risk and the possibility of profitless activity, manual labor is separated from intellectual labor, a conceptual operation based on the analogy that compares social processes to the chemical process of sublimation.
Information is rapidly becoming a profitless commodity, and knowledge is becoming the new competitive advantage.