Definition of windfall in US English:



  • 1An apple or other fruit blown down from a tree or bush by the wind.

    • ‘Any windfalls make great apple pies and chutneys.’
    • ‘We filled the tub with ripe fruit, and tonight it will join our windfalls in an apple and blackberry crumble.’
    • ‘The apple tree in the garden has started shedding windfalls from its lower branches and there's a good pie's worth to collect most mornings.’
    • ‘We ate fruit from the trees or windfalls without washing them and ate carrots pulled from the ground (after we'd dusted the dirt off with our none-too-clean hands).’
    • ‘Gather the windfalls from under the plum trees.’
    • ‘We walked round the gardens looking at the pears and spotted a sign that said you were allowed to eat the windfalls but not to pick the pears off the trees.’
    • ‘By now the scent of rotting windfalls were heavy on the air, and the apples were taken from the trees, turned into jam, or stored among layers of straw for use later on.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of unexpected good fortune, typically one that involves receiving a large amount of money.
      as modifier ‘windfall profits’
      • ‘However, Keane said property developers were unlikely to enjoy the same financial windfalls in future.’
      • ‘Three community groups serving East Lancashire have scooped a lottery windfall of more than £600,000.’
      • ‘In so doing, they will reap windfall profits from a property redevelopment scheme.’
      • ‘The improved cash position also raises the possibility of higher windfall payments to policyholders.’
      • ‘Bowling enthusiasts in Castle Point were celebrating today after landing a lottery windfall.’
      • ‘If the bonds appreciated, should speculators pocket the windfall?’
      • ‘Orkney Islands Council has received a £3 million pound windfall for housing.’
      • ‘In fact, many Senators themselves are likely to reap enormous windfalls.’
      • ‘The potential windfall was another $70 million or so.’
      • ‘One thing for certain: this unexpected financial windfall will most definitely not be a handicap to the club.’
      • ‘A struggling cricket club has been given a new lease of life following an unexpected cash windfall.’
      • ‘A massive lottery windfall has secured the future of one of Southampton's best-known and most historically important landmarks.’
      • ‘How did Spain manage to waste one of the biggest financial windfalls in human history?’
      • ‘However, let us not get carried away by this success and be realistic and pragmatic with our oil windfall.’
      • ‘Striding ahead of the rest has landed a Lancaster theatre with a huge cash windfall.’
      • ‘The State Government could bring forward the completion of the Indian Ocean Drive project if it receives a revenue windfall.’
      • ‘The boom in financial services continues to provide a windfall for the country's top legal and accountancy firms.’
      • ‘The government will reap an economic windfall in time for the next general election, economists have predicted.’
      • ‘Bergstrom's victory set the stage for Watson's $22 million windfall.’
      • ‘Bush's tax package, just passed by the US Congress, will deliver massive windfalls to the rich.’
      bonanza, jackpot, pennies from heaven, unexpected gain
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