What does “make a killing” mean?

The phrase “make a killing” or “made a killing” (past tense) is used to refer to making a lot of money doing some activity – whether it’s in the stock market, through a business, or whatever that activity may be.

Here’s an example of the usage of “make a killing”:

“Make A Killing” In a Sentence

"I hear that Bob made a killing investing in Microsoft 
stock in the 90's. He must have made 10 million dollars!"

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