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make a killing

Meaning: If you make a killing, you make a lot of money from a sale or a deal of some sort.

For example:

  • My aunt made a killing when she bought some shares in a company as soon as they were issued, and sold them a few weeks later for three times what she paid.

  • Lots of people made a killing when property values went so high back in the nineties.

Quick Quiz:

After Julie made a killing on the stock exchange, she
  1. did her time in jail
  2. recovered in a hospital
  3. celebrated in a nightclub

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