a position in which a person or group receives excessive and unjustified money or advantages with little or no effort: The top executives were on the gravy train with their huge bonuses.
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"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
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Origin of gravy train
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby gravy train
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British Dictionary definitions for gravy train
slang a job requiring comparatively little work for good pay, benefits, etc
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Cultural definitions for gravy train
A job or project that requires little effort but yields considerable profits: “His father worked hard to build the company, but all Percy has to do is sit back and ride the gravy train.”
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