milk (someone or something) dry

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
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milk/suck somebody/something ˈdry

get from somebody/something all the money, help, information, etc. they have, usually giving nothing in return: It was only later that we found out he’d milked his grandmother dry of all her money before she died.
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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.

milk it/something dry, to

To drain something completely, to exhaust all the possibilities of something. The verb to milk, meaning to obtain milk from a cow, was in the early sixteenth century transferred to getting money from someone. In subsequent centuries it was expanded to stealing messages from a telephone or telegraph wire, obtaining maximum audience laughter or applause, and similar unrelated endeavors. Today it appears in such locutions as, “His thesis on Wordsworth’s mentions of flowers milks the subject dry.”
See also: milk, something, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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