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
Recent Examples on the Web Still, the gravy train continued, and seven months later, the Republican majority was thrown out of Congress in what was at the time its worst defeat since Watergate. Brian Riedl, National Review, "Dear Congress: Bringing Back Pork Would Be a Disaster," 2 Mar. 2021 The trick is to make sure this spending is a bona fide public investment, not an unproductive gravy train for friends of the White House or legislators or for Jeff Bezos. Robert Hockett, The New Republic, "Why Joe Biden Can Stop Worrying and Start Spending Like Crazy," 1 Dec. 2020 Analysts are warning the Biden administration could crack down on overdraft fees, the banking industry's $11 billion gravy train that critics say punish society's most vulnerable. Matt Egan, CNN, "Bad news for Wall Street: Elizabeth Warren's fingerprints are all over Biden's transition team," 18 Nov. 2020 The Google Photos gravy train will leave the station next summer, the company announced earlier today. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year," 11 Nov. 2020 Democratic proposals are designed to keep this gravy train running with ever larger injections of public funds. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "Break Up the B.A. Cartel," 7 Nov. 2019 It’s unclear if the momentum against cronyism will be sustained, but for now – and for some people – the gravy train has stopped. Washington Post, "Mahathir Looks Beyond Malaysia’s First Century," 8 July 2019 The gravy train keeps rolling for the men, and a couple women, who run Arizona's largest companies. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Pay for Arizona CEOs hit a new record in 2018 — see who made the most," 27 June 2019 But when yield-seeking institutions filled their capacity for mortgage CDO notes, the bankers convinced their firms to warehouse the leftovers on their own balance sheets to keep the gravy train of placement revenues on the tracks. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "Get Ready for the Next Financial Crisis," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of gravy train

1914, in the meaning defined above

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16 Mar 2021

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“Gravy train.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gravy train

informal : 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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