gravy train


Definition of gravy train 

: a much exploited source of easy money also : gravy sense 2a

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They're trying to get on board the gravy train. the new tax law offers a real gravy train to certain categories of investors

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Image Alabama’s governor has begun to cut off a gravy train for the state’s sheriffs: the unspent money for prisoners’ meals that the sheriffs have long been allowed to keep for themselves. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Alabama Moves to Limit Sheriffs From Pocketing Jail Food Money," 11 July 2018 The movie's been available for streaming on Netflix for a while now, but the gravy train is about to end. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Leaving Netflix in July 2018: These Movies and TV Shows Are No Longer Cool for the Summer," 20 June 2018 The company has become increasingly dependent for growth on its discount Nordstrom Rack chain, an off-price gravy train that some experts fear could threaten the cachet of the main brand. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Why Nordstrom Is Betting on High-Touch Tech," 25 May 2018 Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo—all companies for which an SUV used to be unthinkable—are boarding the gravy train. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "BMW's New Electric SUV Looks Shockingly Normal," 25 Apr. 2018 In the offseason after Donovan’s first year on the job, Durant bolted OKC to gravy train championships in Golden State. Mike Bianchi,, "Does Billy Donovan regret leaving Gators for NBA's Thundering disappointment?," 25 Apr. 2018 Predictably, the action ebbed when the tide slacked and the fishes' gravy train stopped running. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Reading and heeding the signs of spring," 22 Mar. 2018 Then there's figure skating, the sport that largely drives the NBC gravy train. Paul Newberry,, "Americans over-promise, under-deliver at Pyeongchang Games," 25 Feb. 2018 But the vague threats to apply the brakes to the gravy train are unlikely to push the Kaczynski government to change. Steven Erlanger And Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Nationalism Threatens Europe’s Values, and Cohesion," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gravy train

1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gravy train

: something (such as a business or a government program) that provides money to many people without requiring much work or effort

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