to make a killing

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - make a killing

"to make a killing"

to earn a lot of money;

to make a huge profit


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make a killing

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I haven't seen Eric in a long time. How's he doing.

Friend 2:  He invested in some risky but highly profitable stock market shares and things went very well and he made a killing.

Friend 1:  I heard he bought his own island in the Caribbean.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make a killing

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you looking forward to getting your year-end bonus?

Colleague 2:  Of course. The company made a killing this year. Our bonuses should be huge.

Colleague 1:  I think I'm going to buy a fancy new car with my bonus money.

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to make a killing - Gerund Form:

Making a killing in the stock market often requires a high degree of risk.

to make a killing - Examples:

1)  ... if they could figure out a way to repair strollers they'd make a killing; the amount of abandoned strollers I see is mildly disturbing.

2)  ... then you'd undercut the labor costs of your competitors and make a killing!

3)  ... that the first system to make it easy to pay by cellphone/SMS will make a killing, given the age demographics of the audience.

4)  Bring those games up to modern standards. They'd make a killing. Fans of the original stuff they'd done would probably love to replay their ...

5)  ... buy up a house or condo there for pennies now, and make a killing once the boom starts when it suddenly becomes a very viable place to live.

6)  Ian was playing the smart route and setting up shop in Arizona making a killing selling ice.

7)  To say psychological traits required in killing and in making a killing in the markets are not dissimilar may seem trite.

8)  They must be making a killing, even more than they do from the $42,000 a year tuition fees the University ...

9)  When Ireland was booming the people supplying the capital were making a killing in return on capital and were not creating any wealth.

10)  ... we were at our favourite little frozen yogurt shop (the owners are making a killing off of us!). 

11)  Everyone from Caesar and his bureaucracy down to the more well-off merchants made a killing from a system that heavily taxed the majority of rural peasants, ...

12)  Personally I know old timers in Asia made a killing in the stock market, but miss the boat on real estate.

13)  Many low quality SEO companies have made a killing off of massive, low quality link building.

14)  ... are rather likely to make billions for the speculators, who will have made a killing on the big increases in equity prices today, ...

15)  ... the Germans and their French subsidiaries made a killing of some $175 million in this dollar-exchange scam.

16)  ... always the same -- you unwittingly fund your own loan and the bank makes a killing.

17)  ... educated at Harvard, who becomes interested in gold, and makes a killing selling gold mining shares.

18)  ... the American economy is bled dry, and the military-security industrial complex makes a killing?

19)  Madden starts selling beer during Prohibition and makes a killing, ...

20)  ... when there are few buyers, and lots of renters clever investors normally makes a killing, and buys bargains.