windfall

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EtymologyEdit

wind +‎ fall

NounEdit

windfall (plural windfalls)

  1. Something that has been blown down by the wind.
  2. A fruit that has fallen from a tree naturally, as from wind
    They couldn't reach the branches, so they ate the windfalls.
  3. (figuratively) A sudden large benefit; especially an influx of money
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      Businessmen rushed to get every last commodity aboard a departing ship, hoping for a windfall once the world realized these would be the very last sacks of flour available, thus driving up prices.

Derived termsEdit

  • windfall profit
  • windfall profits tax
  • windfall shares
  • windfall tax

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Last modified on 17 March 2014, at 03:50