Make a fortune

Also, make a small fortune. Earn a great deal of money, as in He made a fortune on the stock market. Similar expressions are be worth a fortune or small fortune, as in Now that their parents have died, they’re worth a small fortune. Make a fortune dates from about 1700, and its use with small from the second half of the 1800s.


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    1. Cause a needless commotion or display, as in I’m sure he’ll be here soon; please don’t make a fuss. It is also often put as make a fuss about or over, as in He’s making a fuss about nothing, or If you make a fuss over the small budget items, what will it be […]

  • Make a go of

    verb phrase To achieve success in: to make a go of the list book business (1877+) Achieve success in, as in He has made a go of his new business. This expression was first recorded in 1877.

  • Make a hash of something

    verb phrase To make a jumble of; mangle; botch: The newspapers made a total hash of what I had said (1735+)

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