milk (something) for all (something) is worth

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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.
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milk

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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