wind·​fall | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌfȯl \

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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Due to a windfall in reserves, Lemon Grove was able to keep rates down even after two years of no increases. Karen Pearlman,, "Sewer rates to rise in Lemon Grove," 21 May 2018 But state and local governments are expected to give back billions of dollars of that prospective windfall in incentives to attract the company. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "How can the D.C. region absorb an Amazon headquarters if it can’t cope now with gridlock and housing costs?," 12 May 2018 California probably won’t get a windfall in tax revenue from its newly legal marijuana market this year. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "California's marijuana tax collections lag below expectations | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 Additionally, Intel said the federal tax cuts President Donald Trump signed last month will cut its effective tax rate from 22.5 percent to 14 percent, producing a $1.3 billion windfall in 2018 alone. Mike Rogoway,, "Intel shares jump nearly 9 percent: Here's why," 26 Jan. 2018 Some officials say scaling back the largest windfalls would mostly hurt those who inform on problems at big banks, where many of the largest rewards originate. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Bernie Madoff’s Legacy: Whistleblower Inc.," 8 Dec. 2018 For the Kimmel, Hamilton has already meant something of a windfall. John Timpane,, "'Hamilton' is coming to Philadelphia in August 2019: ticket packages on sale now," 23 Mar. 2018 Instead of investing to boost output and increase efficiency, companies have used their tax windfall to return money to shareholders. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Tax-Cut Split: Consumers Are Spending but Businesses Curb Their Enthusiasm," 9 Nov. 2018 Most of us would’ve taken that windfall and set off on a lifetime journey of maximum chillin’, with perhaps an occasional detour into public entrepreneurial dabbling. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 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 \

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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