Definition of windfall in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gather the windfalls from under the plum 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We filled the tub with ripe fruit, and tonight it will join our windfalls in an apple and blackberry crumble.’
    • ‘Any windfalls make great apple pies and chutneys.’
    • ‘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).’
  • 2A large amount of money that is won or received unexpectedly.

    ‘members are to get an average £520 cash windfall for voting ‘yes’ to the merger’
    • ‘The State Government could bring forward the completion of the Indian Ocean Drive project if it receives a revenue windfall.’
    • ‘A struggling cricket club has been given a new lease of life following an unexpected cash windfall.’
    • ‘Bush's tax package, just passed by the US Congress, will deliver massive windfalls to the rich.’
    • ‘Striding ahead of the rest has landed a Lancaster theatre with a huge cash windfall.’
    • ‘One thing for certain: this unexpected financial windfall will most definitely not be a handicap to the club.’
    • ‘The boom in financial services continues to provide a windfall for the country's top legal and accountancy firms.’
    • ‘Orkney Islands Council has received a £3 million pound windfall for housing.’
    • ‘However, let us not get carried away by this success and be realistic and pragmatic with our oil windfall.’
    • ‘The government will reap an economic windfall in time for the next general election, economists have predicted.’
    • ‘The potential windfall was another $70 million or so.’
    • ‘Bowling enthusiasts in Castle Point were celebrating today after landing a lottery windfall.’
    • ‘The improved cash position also raises the possibility of higher windfall payments to policyholders.’
    • ‘Bergstrom's victory set the stage for Watson's $22 million windfall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How did Spain manage to waste one of the biggest financial windfalls in human history?’
    • ‘If the bonds appreciated, should speculators pocket the windfall?’
    • ‘In fact, many Senators themselves are likely to reap enormous windfalls.’
    • ‘A massive lottery windfall has secured the future of one of Southampton's best-known and most historically important landmarks.’
    bonanza, jackpot, pennies from heaven, unexpected gain
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