milk (someone or something) for (something)

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 creative games and movies, but in the last few years they've just been milking the same franchise for as much money as its fans will give them. Dan's been using his knowledge of my affair to milk me for money every month, threatening to tell my wife if I don't pay.
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milk someone for something

Fig. to pressure someone into giving information or money. The reporter milked the mayor's aide for information. The thief milked me for $20.
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milk someone/something for something

If someone milks someone or something for something, they try to get an advantage or something valuable from them, often in an unfair way. Note: `Spilled' can also be spelled `spilt' in British English. They want to capture the market share now and milk it for profits later. He had everyone's attention now and he milked the situation for as much drama as he could get away with.
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