Make a killing

Definition

To make a killing means to make a large amount of money, especially in a short period of time.

Examples

He made a killing on the stock market.

She made a killing selling her business.

Origin

The phrase ‘make a killing’ first appeared in print in the early 1900s, and is believed to have originated from the literal meaning of killing, which means to take the life of an animal or human.

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