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cash cow

A business or investment that generates a large or consistent profit. When Bob purchased stock in that software company 10 years ago, he never expected it to become such a cash cow. Now that it has quadrupled in value, he'll be able to retire early.
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cash cow

A dependable source of profit, as in The small-appliance division is this company's cash cow. Although this precise term dates only from about 1970, milch cow was used in exactly the same way from 1601.
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cash cow

n. a dependable source of money; a good investment. Mr. Wilson turned out to be the cash cow we needed to start our repertoire company.
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According to the Milk Cooperatives Federation (GKSI), in 2002, there were 83,340 milch cow farmers.
We are not all so stupid as to not realise the road is a milch cow (a source of an easy income) for certain people who remove roundabouts and put them back, widen the carriageway by a foot and put up a bridge for bicycles that goes nowhere and costs thousands.
Drivers, who have long regarded themselves as the Treasury's favourite milch cow, will take a jaundiced view of all this and conclude that they certainly will not pay less and could end up paying a great deal more.
If Gordon Brown has a hole in his forecasts, he shouldn't use business as a milch cow to fill it.
As well as possibly losing his local shop, he will find himself becoming the Government's milch cow even more than he is already.
But to many in the media she was a milch cow, and they're still milking her for all she's worth, six months after her death.
Most importantly, the city council should stop treating city living as a milch cow - a means of widening the city's council tax base with no corresponding obligation to increase spending.
Every business in Europe sees us as a milch cow to boost their profits by charging us more for every commodity ( witness the supply of gas from Russia for which we are paying much more than anyone else.
But he warned Chancellor Gordon Brown that he could not keep hitting the 'voteless milch cow called business' if his spending plans were too optimistic.
We must make sure that the Tote is not seen as a milch cow for the benefit of racing at the expense of punters.
And that could put the toll up even further, according to former South Tyneside councillor Stan Smith of Cleaside Avenue, South Shields, who said: "The deal will hand the whole tunnel to a private firm interested in making money, and the motorist will become the milch cow.
If the government can't legislate for such minimalist protection, it goes to show that they really do view the punter as nothing more than a naive milch cow.
It is about time the British taxpayer stopped being a milch cow and the Government stopped pandering to these bandits.
It is a story of increasing hostility to the aims and values of business and enterprise, which are now respected only by Government in as far as they create a milch cow from which Labour can extract more and more taxation; a story of ignorance and even disdain for the actual challenges faced by small business".
200 YEARS AGO: Stolen or strayed, on Friday August 22, out of a piece of ground near to the ruck of stones at Smethwick, near Birmingham, a large, though short legged milch cow, coming five years old and in good condition.