make capital out of

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make capital out of

Use profitably, turn to account, as in The challengers made capital out of the President's signing a bill that increased taxes. This expression, first recorded in 1855, uses capital in the sense of "material wealth used to create more wealth."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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