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earn something out

Definition of earn something out in English:

(Of an author, book, recording artist, etc.) generate sufficient income through sales to equal the amount paid in an advance or royalty.
Example sentences
  • For your first novel the sales figures they want are the ones that earn out your advance.
  • I can also assure you that most books never earn out their advance.
  • The distinguished lady novelist who boasted proudly that her books always earned out their advances.
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