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pickings

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpickingspick‧ings /ˈpɪkɪŋz/ noun [plural] informal  MONEYmoney or profits that you can get easily from a situation There were rich pickings (=a lot of money) to be had from the stock market. There are easy pickings for thieves at these big outdoor concerts.slim/lean/meagre pickings Companies are put off investing in poor areas because of the meagre pickings to be had.
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pickingsImagine for a moment what easy pickings a huge shoal of small bream are to a pack of marauding pike.Soaring inflation means lean pickings for the majority.Meager pickings in the industry have provided the back-drop to increasing consolidation.Or life may be regarded as a battlefield fit for conquerors, with rich pickings for the strong.They have destroyed the city on us and become rich on the pickings.What a life, what fun, what pickings were there here!rich pickingsNewley occasionally went there with clients from whom he expected rich pickings.So - if only they can overcome the obvious difficulties, inter-tidal creatures find rich pickings.A satirist, you feel, would find rich pickings under such circumstances, and indeed Wang Shuo does just that.It would have yielded particularly rich pickings.Or life may be regarded as a battlefield fit for conquerors, with rich pickings for the strong.
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