earner

earner
n
British
a scheme or situation which brings financial advantage, especially when unexpected or illicit. Originally from the language of police and thieves, the term, especially in the vogue phrase 'a nice little earner', entered general cir-culation in the profit-oriented society of the late 1980s.
► 'The job's hard work, long hours and pretty boring - but at £70 a week it's a nice little earner if you're 15 and living at home.' (Teenage truant, Observer, February 1988)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • earner — ear ner ([ e]r n[ e]r), n. someone who earns wages in return for labor. Syn: wage earner. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earner — n. A person who earns. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • earner — (n.) 1610s, agent noun from EARN (Cf. earn) …   Etymology dictionary

  • earner — noun 1 (C) someone who earns money for the job that they do: high earner/low earner etc: Private childcare is still too expensive for the average earner. | wage earner: Most wage earners are paid by cheque. 2 a nice little earner BrE informal… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • earner — earn|er [ˈə:nə US ˈə:rnər] n 1.) someone who earns money for the job that they do high/low/average earner ▪ Private childcare is still too expensive for the average earner. ▪ He is the only wage earner in the family. 2.) a business or activity… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • earner — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)nə(r)[/t]] earners 1) N COUNT: usu supp N An earner is someone or something that earns money or produces profit. ...a typical wage earner... Sugar is Fiji s second biggest export earner. 2) PHRASE: N inflects, usu v link PHR, PHR after… …   English dictionary

  • earner — UK [ˈɜː(r)nə(r)] / US [ˈɜrnər] noun [countable] Word forms earner : singular earner plural earners 1) someone who earns money by working high/low earner: High earners should not be penalized by the tax system. wage earner: There are two wage… …   English dictionary

  • earner — earn|er [ ɜrnər ] noun count 1. ) someone who earns money by working: high/low earner: High earners should not be penalized by the tax system. wage earner: There are two wage earners in the family. 2. ) something that earns money: Sugar and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • earner — [ˈɜːnə] noun [C] 1) someone who earns money by working a wage earner[/ex] 2) something that earns money Tourism is a major earner of foreign currency.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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