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
Recent Examples on the Web Two Dallas City Council members received a windfall of campaign contributions after Mayor Eric Johnson endorsed competitors in each of those races, new campaign finance records show. Eric Johnson, Dallas News, "Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s City Council candidates come up short in fundraising," 26 Apr. 2021 The point of today’s column is to celebrate this potential windfall of revenue in which the state will capitalize on something many of our residents are already doing. Mike Bianchi,, "Kudos to Gambling Guv, Ron DeSantis, for landmark sports betting breakthrough | Commentary," 24 Apr. 2021 If a deal is approved, Florida would receive a windfall of new revenue, potentially bringing in $500 million up to $1 billion of new annual revenue. Skyler Swisher,, "Gov. Ron DeSantis signs sweeping gambling deal that brings sports betting to Florida," 23 Apr. 2021 The windfall is part of a series of recovery packages passed by Congress, with the largest chunk coming as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Washington Post, "More than $1.8 billion flows into schools in the Washington region to help amid pandemic," 23 Apr. 2021 This windfall of crony capitalism, provided at taxpayer expense, is 10 times the $17 billion that the plan would spend to improve the nation’s ports and waterways. Jeffrey H. Anderson, Washington Examiner, "Biden's 'infrastructure' plan would cost $809,000 per job," 22 Apr. 2021 There are certainly many countries that have missed out on that historic economic windfall. Clem Chambers, Forbes, "Bitcoin, Britcoin: Governments Get Fear Of Missing Out," 21 Apr. 2021 Bids for offshore wind plots in the Irish sea came in far higher than expected, promising a windfall of as much as £9 billion ($12.5 billion) over 10 years. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The era of subsidies for wind and solar may be ending far too soon," 17 Apr. 2021 GameStop’s chief executive has lost out on a windfall. Chris Morris, Fortune, "GameStop CEO forfeits nearly $100 million in stock as company seeks to replace him," 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of windfall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 May 2021

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“Windfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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