make a killing
Enjoy a large and quick profit, as in They made a killing in real estate. This expression alludes to a hunter's success. [Slang; late 1800s]
Yiddish Words That Will Make You A MavenThe Yiddish language is a mixture of many tongues. Its main influences are German and Hebrew, fused with elements of Slavic and Aramaic vocabulary
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