ill-gotten gains

Benefits obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means, as in They duped their senile uncle into leaving them a fortune and are now enjoying their ill-gotten gains. [Mid-1800s]


Nearby words

  1. ill-fitted,
  2. ill-fitting,
  3. ill-formed,
  4. ill-founded,
  5. ill-gotten,
  6. ill-informed,
  7. ill-intentioned,
  8. ill-judged,
  9. ill-kempt,
  10. ill-looking

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