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    not all profit

    The following in red is confusing. Please explain what it is saying.

    But now he takes in half a million dollars a year or ten thousand dollars a week out of the game of contract bridge. However, that's not all profit by a long shot. He spends thirty thousand dollars a year in merely answering the countless questions .....

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    Re: not all profit

    I assume you know what profit is? He has expenditures (the money spent "answering questions") which partially offset his gross income.

    by a long shot - definition of by a long shot by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    The rest is an idiom. A "long shot" is a bet with very slim chances of winning. The meaning here is that if you would bet that all of his winnings are pure profit, it would be a very long shot bet that you would lose. You would not be even close to being correct.

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