2. [syn: boom, bonanza, gold rush, gravy, godsend, manna from heaven, windfall, bunce]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Windfall \Wind"fall`\, n.
1. Anything blown down or off by the wind, as fruit from a
tree, or the tree itself, or a portion of a forest
prostrated by a violent wind, etc. "They became a windfall
upon the sudden." --Bacon.
2. An unexpected legacy, or other gain.
He had a mighty windfall out of doubt. --B. Jonson.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: fruit that has fallen from the tree
2: a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden
opportunity to make money); "the demand for testing has
created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes
of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line" [syn:
boom, bonanza, gold rush, gravy, godsend, manna
from heaven, windfall, bunce]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
29 Moby Thesaurus words for "windfall":
boast, bonus, buried treasure, catch, diamond, discovery, find,
finding, foundling, gem, godsend, good thing, gravy, jewel, pearl,
plum, pride, pride and joy, prize, treasure, treasure trove,
trophy, trouvaille, trove, waifs, waifs and strays, windfall money,
windfall profit, winner