turn a profit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turn a profit make a profit; gain money or materially "The company has not profited from the merger"
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Usage

In literature:

Could some avoid abusing it, any more than others could avoid turning it to a profitable account?
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
There would have been a fight, hard feelings, Butch turned into an enemy, and nothing profited to Lily.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
Therefore the business of turning it over to a more profitable party was the more immediately practicable.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Indeed, things had taken a turn greatly to his satisfaction; he not only had his revenge, but he made a profit out of it.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
As yet his dreams and speculations had turned to little personal profit, and he was as much a lackland as ever.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
Composting, in short, may be looked upon as a useful method of turning to profitable use refuse of various kinds which accumulate on the farm.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Now, you can turn out a few more with your own name on them, and get the profits yourself.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
And there's always a chance of a lucky turn in the market, and with it a chance of great profits.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
Profiting by this moment of privacy, the Jesuit turned with a very warning countenance upon the peer.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Their new friendship, their fine plans of a helpful turn, bringing pleasure and profit, had ended in a sordid mess.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
From this we can turn to the views of a statesman on finance, the tariff, and on reconstruction with not only pleasure but profit.
"Belford's Magazine, Vol 2, December 1888" by Various
The purpose of a profession, of a profession pure and simple, is to turn knowledge and talent to pecuniary profit.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
He was even able to turn the village store into a cooperative enterprise which succeeded in running at a profit.
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
In the morning we profited by experience, and went into a ravine, built a fire and dried out before turning in for the day.
"The Bright Side of Prison Life" by Samuel A. Swiggett
Frederic reflected grimly for a moment, but soon found means to turn this incident to profit.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
He then went to Poland, where, he had heard, industry could be turned to the greatest profit, and started a small cotton-mill.
"More Tales by Polish Authors" by Various
Receiving their products in return, and turning these to account, her merchants have made a double profit.
"Peculiarities of American Cities" by Willard Glazier
The bargain was altogether a safe one on Moore's side, and luckily it turned out equally profitable for the publishers.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, v. 3, number 18" by Various
If they should turn out to be genuine, I can make a fair profit.
"A Drake by George!" by John Trevena
Then a thought came to me which I resolved to turn to my profit.
"Peeps at People" by John Kendrick Bangs
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In poetry:

So humbly done, I'd turn this keen
Steel on myself before profit
By such a rogue's
Act, but —- How those feathers shine!
"Rhyme" by Sylvia Plath
From the worst Prospect on this Northern Shore.
(Which others as a Banishment deplore)
I turn my View, my Conduct to explore:
Retir'd, reflect with Profit, and at Ease,
On what has hurt, and what might well displease.
"An Epistle From Aberdeen , To His Grace John Duke Of Argyll" by Richardson Pack

In news:

Overall, Treasury has turned a profit from its small bank investment.
After receiving roughly $30 million in public subsidies, and after nearly a decade in business, Fourth Street Live hasn't turned enough of a profit to pay Metro Government any dividends.
Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, named for the period when stores traditionally turn a profit for the year.
Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that's named Black Friday because that is when they traditionally turn a profit for the year.
A union-backed group called OUR Walmart, which includes former and current workers, staged the demonstrations and walkouts at hundreds of stores on Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year.
It has traditionally been the biggest shopping day of the year, the official start to the Christmas buying season, and the day that retailers begin to turn a profit or get "in the black".
Federal prisoners turn snitching into a profitable gig.
And by fueling his car with it, he's found a way to turn a problem into profit.
Federal prisoners turn snitching into a profitable gig .
Less than two months after Aubrey "Drake" Graham listed two posh Miami, Fla. Condos for sale, the celebrity rapper has managed to flip them and turn a tidy profit.
A group of state attorneys general investigating for-profit colleges is turning its attention to institutional loan programs, the leader of the group said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on student debt.
Federal prisoners turn snitching into a profitable gig.
Texas led the way after turning a $77.9 million profit this past year.
Most people think of Black Friday as the day retailers start turning a profit, but it's also a big day for plumbers.
You're finally turning a modest profit.
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