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- v. To win or earn a large amount of money.
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Most recently, it had been bought by a consortium of lawyers who were going to make a killing by converting it to expensive condo-lofts opening onto city views on the outside with interior mezzanines looking down into a fancy center atrium.
Why the hell was he taking the chance of stealing high explosive to give the stuff to Cleto for nothing when he could make a killing out of the contractors in Albuquerque?
He contends that Morris “used government positions to make a killing from the war,” a blithe bit of shorthand that echoes Arthur Lee but is largely contradicted by the facts.
Merchandisers will make a killing on them and then lose their shirts trying to anticipate the next craze.