wind·​fall | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌfȯl How to pronounce windfall (audio) \

Definition of windfall

1 : something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind
2 : an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage

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Examples of windfall in a Sentence

They received a windfall because of the tax cuts. hitting the lottery jackpot was an incredible windfall for the recently laid-off worker

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The parties came to the settlement, which has to be approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, after the failure in May of the Public Counsel’s petition to force FPL to return its windfall tax savings to customers. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Consumer advocate strikes deal with FPL over Hurricane Irma costs," 7 June 2019 Waukegan will receive the largest portion of the 5% casino tax windfall, at 70%, according to the legislation. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River," 5 June 2019 But with some studies showing casino revenues down, questions loom about whether the expansion will create the windfall lawmakers expect. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: A look at the winners — J.B. Pritzker among them — and losers in spring legislative session.," 3 June 2019 But any future sales tax windfall isn’t likely to result in major new state spending, because current state law aims to give gains from the new collections back to taxpayers. James Nord, The Seattle Times, "Panel endorses bills for online sales tax special session," 11 Sep. 2018 Critics of the corporate tax cut predicted the tax windfall would mostly go to fund share buybacks and dividends, citing studies of the 2004 tax break as precedent. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Fueled by Off-the-Charts Optimism, CFOs Are Planning to Invest Tax Windfalls in the U.S.," 4 Apr. 2018 The massive tax windfall primarily comes from the revaluations of deferred taxes and existing U.S.assets. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "EOG Resources touts $2.4 billion quarterly profit driven by tax law," 27 Feb. 2018 And windfalls like the one heading toward the Ohio Valley have become even more important to mid-major hoops. Larry Fenn, The Seattle Times, "Money Madness: AP analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts," 27 Mar. 2019 More than $32 million is a windfall for a forested county of 14,000 people with a budget of only $28 million. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Feds broke promises to NC county for 75 years. A big bank deposit changed all that.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of windfall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of windfall

: an unexpected amount of money that you get as a gift, prize, etc.


wind·​fall | \ ˈwind-ˌfȯl How to pronounce windfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of windfall

1 : something (as fruit from a tree) blown down by the wind
2 : an unexpected gift or gain

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