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]
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How to use ill-gotten gains in a sentence
Prince Charles also announced a plan to ‘follow the money’ in an effort to strip wildlife poachers of their ill-gotten gains.
The complaint charges that members of the conspiracy used ill-gotten gains to purchase gold from the owners of the stores.How to Commit a $200 Million Scam: Inside the Year’s Most Shocking Credit Card Fraud | Daniel Gross | February 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
All your ill-gotten gains should be returned to those you stole from, regardless of whose names they are in.
Ye take part of ye'er ill-gotten gains an' leave it with me f'r dhrink.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
On this balance of an ancient and primitive design he was engaged in weighing his ill-gotten gains, squatting to the task.Where the Pavement Ends | John Russell
I daresay he expected to settled down and die in the odour of sanctity, surrounded by his ill-gotten gains.The Pagan's Cup | Fergus Hume
This guilty man, hugging to himself the knowledge of his crime and his ill-gotten gains, had found the burden too heavy to bear.Bucholz and the Detectives | Allan Pinkerton
The pirut rapidly approached, chucklin with fiendish delight at the idee of increasin his ill-gotten gains.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward | Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)