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"windfall" in British English

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windfallnoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɪnd.fɔːl/  us   /ˈwɪnd.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.UK The ​government is ​hoping to ​collect a windfall tax (= ​extratax on a ​largeunexpectedcompanyprofit) from British Electric.
  • windfall noun [C] (FRUIT)

a ​piece of ​fruitblown down from a ​tree: I ​tend to ​leave the windfalls for the ​birds to ​pick at.
(Definition of windfall from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"windfall" in American English

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windfallnoun [C]

 us   /ˈwɪndˌfɔl/
an ​amount of ​money that you ​receive unexpectedly: The Belridge School, after ​receiving a ​financial windfall, ​purchasedcomputers for all ​students and ​teachers.
(Definition of windfall from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"windfall" in Business English

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windfallnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɪndfɔːl/ FINANCE, TAX
an ​amount of ​money that you receive unexpectedly: get/have/receive a windfall Investors each received a windfall of $5,000.cash/financial/tax windfall The ​investmentfirmunveiled a ​cash windfall for ​shareholdersworth up to $650m.windfall gains/profits Staff ​stood to make ​substantial windfall ​gains from ​shareoptions.
(Definition of windfall from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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