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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For America, some see it as a windfall, the title of a recent book by Meghan O’Sullivan of Harvard University. The Economist, "Clean power is shaking up the global geopolitics of energy," 15 Mar. 2018 For them, the opportunity to get certified on SCUBA gear while deployed is seen as a windfall. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Navy base shuts down diving after two cases of the bends | Miami Herald," 11 Jan. 2018 It’s been cutting the fat acquired during the days of $100-a-barrel oil, and those cost savings may usher in a cash windfall now that prices are rising again. Kelly Gilblom,, "BP Raises Possibility of Dividend Boost as Debt Poised to Fall," 1 May 2018 The vast majority of larger small businesses with income upwards of $200,000 will tangibly benefit from the legislation, and many are already sharing their windfall with employees and ramping up capital investment. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "How good is the tax cut for small business? Depends on who you ask," 15 Mar. 2018 More than three dozen of the biggest American companies have shared their tax-cut windfalls with employees, mostly through one-time bonuses but also with hourly wage increases and bigger 401(k) matches following the new tax law passed in December. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Family Insurance joins list of companies giving bonuses to employees after tax cut," 26 Jan. 2018 Some corporations have shared their windfall with their workers. Anchorage Daily News, "Much-needed tax reform is a step forward for Alaskans," 7 Jan. 2018 His company scored a tax windfall of $670 million in just one quarter, and with a net worth that runs into the many billions of dollars, the estate tax repeal — the one policy goal Ryan actually achieved — will earn his heirs a ton of money. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan is leaving Congress in the most fitting way possible," 30 Nov. 2018 Industry analysts, however, don’t anticipate the new accord will result in a windfall of new U.S. auto factory jobs because a 2.5% tariff is still too low to compel car companies to relocate assembly line work. Chester Dawson And Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "New Trade Pact Spares U.S. Auto Makers From Tariffs but Adds Restrictions," 1 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 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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