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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.
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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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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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The additional milk production from cows milked more than twice in a day is important to determine.
In AMS, each cow is milked between two and four times a day.
Thus, the underlying factors are the cow's willingness to enter the AMS, ease of access to the robot, provision of concentrated feed in the AMS, the tendency of cows with high yield to be milked more frequently, milking period (influenced by milk yield and milk flow rate), discharge of the milk-cooling tank (influenced by the time required to wash the milk line and the presence of a spare milk tank in the system) (Laurs et al.
As shown in Table I and II, the milk fat rates in machine milked goats were lower than suckled group for both week (pless than0.05).
Milk components of machine milked and suckled goats in this study are consistent with normal values for goats reported by Koneko and Cornelius (1980).
Payne suspects that Middle Eastern villagers milked farm animals at least 7,000 years ago.