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    Dear all,

    Please help me on this idiom:

    But these boys have something really promising. I saw the proposal the second time. I can tell you, any investor who invests in this will earn a rainbow."

    Is it the same with "getting big profit" or "making out big money"?


    Thanks indeed,


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    Default Re: earn a rainbow

    I haven't met this expression. Perhaps it's associated with the idea of leprechauns (Rainbow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) hiding their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I can imagine someone trying to outdo such a claim by adding the rainbow along with the pot of gold.

    'Making a mint' is a common expression (in Br Eng) for earning a lot.

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    Default Re: earn a rainbow

    well, I got it from an Indian novel :) But personally I think it meant that way too. Thanks a lot! :D

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    Default Re: earn a rainbow

    There are some examples on the web of people using it to mean making a lot of money, but I had not heard this before.

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    Never heard this.

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    Default Re: earn a rainbow

    Kind of like, you did one thing right, so you get credit or A credit for it. It's like saying someone did a good job on something, or did such a satisfactory job that they "earned a rainbow".

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    Default Re: earn a rainbow

    Quote Originally Posted by britintheUS View Post
    Kind of like, you did one thing right, so you get credit or A credit for it. It's like saying someone did a good job on something, or did such a satisfactory job that they "earned a rainbow".
    I feel that this is right, except I have only heard it apply to the phrase "earn a star" or "earn a gold star".

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