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(of an author, book, recording artist, etc.) generate sufficient income through sales to equal the amount paid in an advance or royalty:‘four out of five of his books did not earn out their advance’
- ‘For your first novel the sales figures they want are the ones that earn out your advance.’
- ‘I can also assure you that most books never earn out their advance.’
- ‘The distinguished lady novelist who boasted proudly that her books always earned out their advances.’
- ‘So it may be the case that a writer gets one big advance, which is not earned out, and then - turn out the light.’
- ‘Miss Smith, we gather, is a little worried that she has not earned out her advance.’
- ‘It was one of these cult success books, but it never earned out its advance - everybody loved it but no one wanted to buy it.’
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