gravy train


noun Slang.

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.

Nearby words

  1. gravlax,
  2. gravol,
  3. gravure,
  4. gravy,
  5. gravy boat,
  6. gravy train, ride the,
  7. gray,
  8. gray area,
  9. gray birch,
  10. gray body

Origin of gravy train

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for gravy train

gravy train

noun

slang a job requiring comparatively little work for good pay, benefits, etc
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Culture definitions for gravy train

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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