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milk (someone or something) dry

To take all or as much of something from a person, thing, or situation as possible. The company used to make all sorts of innovative games, but in the last few years they've just been milking their most popular franchise dry. It's so obvious that he plans to milk his rich grandmother dry.
See also: dry, milk

milk (someone or something) for (something)

To try to get as much of something from a person, thing, or situation as possible. The company used to make all sorts of innovative games, but in the last few years they've just been milking fans for as much money as possible by rehashing the same old franchises. The candidate has been milking his opponent's scandal for press coverage.
See also: for, milk

milk (something) for all (something) is worth

To make use of or exploit something to one's advantage to the furthest possible extent. He's been milking the bit of celebrity his book brought for all it's worth, but if he doesn't write something new soon, he'll just fade away as another has-been. The woman's admission of misremembering part of her testimony has given the company new ammunition in its defense, and they are milking it for all it's worth. He's been milking his back injury for all it's worth lately to get out of doing any heavy lifting around the warehouse.
See also: all, for, milk, worth

milk it

To try to get as much of something from someone else, especially sympathy, kindness, respect, etc. They found a little bit of celebrity when their book was published a couple years ago, and they've been milking it ever since. Your aunt is going out of her way to take care of you while you're sick, so don't milk it.
See also: milk

milking a duck

An impossible task. Used in comparisons to tasks or activities that are or seem to be impossible. Trying to get a straight answer out of this candidate is proving harder than milking a duck.
See also: duck, milk
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1. tv. to attempt to persuade an audience to laugh or applaud. She went on milking the crowd for adulation long after they had demonstrated their appreciation.
2. tv. to attempt to get recognition from an audience. His performance was marred by an amateurish attempt to milk applause.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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