piece of the action
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- (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.
- 1997 June 29, David W. Dunlap, “The Sign Makers Turn Up the Wattage”, in New York Times, retrieved 9 December 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, Elaine Shannon, “La Nueva Frontera: The Border Monsters”, in 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”, in Inter Press Service, retrieved 9 December 2012:
- Australian companies are already manoeuvring for a piece of the action in the reconstruction of Iraq,
Usage notes edit
- Originally used to refer especially to illegal or unwholesome activities, but now commonly used more broadly.
See also edit
- “piece of the action”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.