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land-office business

[land-aw-fis, -of-is] /ˈlændˌɔ fɪs, -ˌɒf ɪs/
a lively, booming, expanding, or very profitable business.
Origin of land-office business
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
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land-office business

(US & Canadian, informal) a booming or thriving business
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land-office business

A thriving, expanding, or very profitable concern or volume of trade. For example, After the storm they did a land-office business in snow shovels and rock salt. This term, dating from the 1830s, alludes to the throng of applicants to government land offices through which Western lands were sold. It has been used for other booming business since the mid-1800s.
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