gravy train

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Sep 23 01:52:44 UTC 2009

> Does anyone have the definitive origin of gravy train?

Most of these things aren't known all that definitively, I guess. I
don't know _exactly_ why "gravy [train]"; probably it's analogous to
"Fat [City]" etc. Maybe somebody knows a lot more.

I see "gravy train" from 1907 (N'archive) meaning (I think) "[a] sure
thing"/"piece of cake" [sports], and from 1910 (G-Books) meaning
"sinecure" or so.

-- Doug Wilson

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