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English definition of “short-term gain”

short-term gain

noun [C or U]
 
 
FINANCE profit made from selling something a short time after buying it, usually within a year: Paul buys shares with the aim of realising short-term gains.
an improvement or advantage that lasts for only a short period of time into the future: Playing off one person against another or undermining colleagues may bring short-term gain, but in the long run everyone turns against these people. The short-term gains of outsourcing must be weighed in terms of the total requirements.
(Definition of short-term gain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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