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piece of the action

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NounEdit

piece of the action (usually uncountable, plural pieces of the action)

  1. (idiomatic) A portion of the monetary gains or other benefits produced by some venture or activity; a share of participation in a venture or activity.
    • 1969, Mario Puzo, The Godfather, Google online preview:
      "Sollozzo is coming to us for help," Hagen said. . . . "For that we get a piece of the action."
    • 1997 June 29, David W. Dunlap, "The Sign Makers Turn Up the Wattage," New York Times (retrieved 9 Dec 2012):
      Landlords who were once content to lease rooftops or facades to sign companies now demand a piece of the action, in a joint venture or a limited partnership.
    • 2001 June 11, Tim Padgett and Elaine Shannon, "La Nueva Frontera: The Border Monsters," Time:
      There are two ways to get a piece of the action at any of the big drug markets along the border: pay off—or kill off—anyone who stands in your way.
    • 2003 April 7, Sonny Inbaraj, "Iraq: Australian Firms Eye Spoils of War in post-Saddam Era," Inter Press Service (retrieved 9 Dec 2012):
      Australian companies are already manoeuvring for a piece of the action in the reconstruction of Iraq,

Usage notesEdit

  • Originally used to refer especially to illegal or unwholesome activities, but now commonly used more broadly.

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