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windfall

[wind-fawl] /ˈwɪndˌfɔl/
noun
1.
an unexpected gain, piece of good fortune, or the like.
2.
something blown down by the wind, as fruit.
adjective
3.
accruing in unexpectedly large amounts:
windfall profits.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see wind1, fall
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British Dictionary definitions for windfalls

windfall

/ˈwɪndˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
a piece of unexpected good fortune, esp financial gain
2.
something blown down by the wind, esp a piece of fruit
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a plot of land covered with trees blown down by the wind
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Word Origin and History for windfalls

windfall

n.

mid-15c., from wind (n.) + fall (n.1). Originally literal, in reference to wood or fruit blown down by the wind, and thus free to all. Figurative sense of "unexpected acquisition" is recorded from 1540s.

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windfalls in Culture

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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