ride the 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.
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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.
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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.
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RAIL passengers are facing the biggest fares hike in five years - while fatcat controllers ride the gravy train.
And for goodness sake will our politicians, whose only ambition in life is to ride the gravy train to Strasbourg, stop telling lies on why we should remain in a political union with the EU.
They have lost all credibility The yellows, red and blue It's time to call a taxi For we have seen right through You just do not get it Maybe you are too thick I do not wish to be unkind But you lot get on our wick All three of you ignored us When concerns we raised with you Called us all sorts of names Now you're done, you're through Career politicians you have had your day The country has been patient Now go, be on your way Politicians, councillors Who ride the gravy train We will now vote you out And don't come back again William Allen, Westcotes, Tile Hill.
In this way, they can not only confuse people's minds and distract their attention, but also polarize society so that they can ride the gravy train.
For those who ride the gravy train," he writes, "doing what's necessary to keep it rolling takes precedence over contemplating .
The Tories claim we're all in it together but ordinary people are all being forced to rein in their spending because of cruel cutbacks while MPs continue to ride the gravy train.
Being an MP these days seems to be a ticket to ride the gravy train of highly paid part-time opportunities with private businesses.
Brokers are getting ready to ride the gravy train to a record year if refi business continues to pump at levels apparent in February.
And today we have the Give A Washed Up Politician Another Chance To Ride The Gravy Train elections.
Our politicians will never defend our right to exist as an independent country because they all want to ride the gravy train to Brussels now that the Westminster express has been derailed.
Too many politicians ride the gravy train while inciting divide-and-rule tactics against the rest of us.