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gravy train

noun, Slang.
a position in which a person or group receives excessive and unjustified money or advantages with little or no effort:
The top executives were on the gravy train with their huge bonuses.
Origin of gravy train
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gravy train
  • By forcing the gravy train brigade to clean up their act he is doing the world an enormous service.
  • Lets keep the gravy train coming and predict some more doomsday scenarios.
  • Renewables are still one giant gravy train of subsidies and are also good publicity.
  • And that may be tempting to individual investors who want to get some piece of that gravy train.
  • They know the non-renewable gravy train has an expiration date and they are making sure they are well positioned for the change.
  • The climate gravy train is the real motivation behind this global warming hysteria along with eco-green fanaticism.
  • Too many politicians treat entrepreneurship as yet another gravy train.
  • There is a gravy train involved, and they don't want anybody stirring in their gravy.
British Dictionary definitions for gravy train

gravy train

(slang) a job requiring comparatively little work for good pay, benefits, etc
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gravy train in Culture

gravy train definition

A job or project that requires little effort but yields considerable profits: “His father worked hard to build the company, but all Percy has to do is sit back and ride the gravy train.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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