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make a fortune

Also,make a small fortune. Earn a great deal of money, as in He made a fortune on the stock market. Similar expressions arebe worth a fortune or small fortune, as in Now that their parents have died, they're worth a small fortune.Make a fortune dates from about 1700, and its use with small from the second half of the 1800s.
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