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windfall

wind·fall

windfall

 
pronunciation:
wInd fawl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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Word Combinations (noun), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an unexpected or unearned gain or piece of good fortune.
similar words:
killing
definition 2: something, esp. a tree or fruit from a tree, blown down by wind.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: gained or obtained unexpectedly.
windfall profits
Word History
In the 1400s, the trees on a British nobleman's estate belonged to the king he served. However, trees that had fallen in a storm were free to those who lived on the estate. Such a piece of luck was called a windfall.