gravy train

noun

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 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 This gravy train has enticed many insurers to expand their Medicaid businesses. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "ObamaCare Is Robbing Medicaid’s Sickest Patients," 25 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of gravy train

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Gravy train.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gravy%20train. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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gravy train

noun

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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