wind fall


an unexpected gain, piece of good fortune, or the like.
something blown down by the wind, as fruit.
accruing in unexpectedly large amounts: windfall profits.

1425–75; late Middle English; see wind1, fall Unabridged
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windfall (ˈwɪndˌfɔːl)
1.  a piece of unexpected good fortune, esp financial gain
2.  something blown down by the wind, esp a piece of fruit
3.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a plot of land covered with trees blown down by the wind

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Word Origin & History

1464, from wind (n.) + fall. Originally literal, in ref. to wood or fruit blown down by the wind, and thus free to all. Fig. sense of "unexpected acquisition" is recorded from 1542.
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windfall definition

An unexpected profit from a business or other source. The term connotes gaining huge profits without working for them — for example, when oil companies profit from a temporary scarcity of oil.

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