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
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
Recent Examples of windfall from the Web
Kiewit’s big payout represents only a fraction of the financial windfall created by the Oroville crisis.
Ideally, University of Oklahoma president David Boren hopes Friday’s financial windfall does more than that.
There’s reason to believe that the windfall, if there is any, from the recent spate of opioid lawsuits may also not be helpful in stopping abuse.
Yet even if Congress declines the administration’s request, no one is expecting a sudden windfall for the sciences.
Proponents estimate marijuana could generate between $350 million and $700 million in annual sales, reaping a sales tax windfall for the state.
Auction-watchers are expecting another windfall when the Yankees’ copy of the 1919 sales contract — the one that landed them Babe Ruth from the Red Sox — goes up for bid at Lelands.com.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received a $24.83 million windfall of federal funds for projects on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, including additional money for work in the Cleveland and Lorain harbors, a corps spokesman said.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received a $24.83 million windfall of federal funds for projects on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, including additional money for work in the Cleveland and Lorain harbors, a corps spokesman said.
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First Known Use of windfall
WINDFALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of windfall for English Language Learners
: an unexpected amount of money that you get as a gift, prize, etc.
WINDFALL Defined for Kids
Definition of windfall for Students
1 : something (as fruit from a tree) blown down by the wind
2 : an unexpected gift or gain
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