Definition of licence to print money in English:

licence to print money

phrase

  • A very lucrative commercial activity, regarded as requiring little effort:

    ‘people see music publishing as a licence to print money’
    • ‘Being a sexy girl in a soap is a license to print money.’
    • ‘A private company, subsidised by the taxpayer, is given a license to print money at our expense.’
    • ‘And that's kind of a license to print money - particularly if you're also trying to make your service the definitive place to buy the media products themselves…’
    • ‘Everyone and his dog now knows that commercial radio is a licence to print money, and they all want quick bucks.’
    • ‘It used to be a license to print money but no more.’
    • ‘When exploited properly it's a license to print money, capable of earning its purchase price within a few years.’
    • ‘France and the UK are currently engaged in a tussle to see who controls such an agency which promises to become a license to print money for the eventual winner.’
    • ‘For awhile, starting an Internet company and taking it public was a license to print money.’
    • ‘A liquor license on Whyte Avenue is generally known to be a license to print money.’
    • ‘What it's meant is handing over to them a license to print money so that they are awash with profits at the same time as being morally bankrupt.’