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windfall

noun [C] uk   /ˈwɪnd.fɔːl/ us    /-fɑːl/

windfall noun [C] (MONEY)

an amount of money that you win or receive from someone unexpectedly: Investors each received a windfall of $3,000. The government is hoping to collect a windfall tax (= extra tax on a large unexpected company profit) from British Electric.

windfall noun [C] (FRUIT)

a piece of fruit blown down from a tree: I tend to leave the windfalls for the birds to pick at.
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