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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.
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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.
See also: all, 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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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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There's the milkers, the flush system which cleans the barn, and another robot that ensures cows also have access to food.
Theolscopic teat canal examination of free milker or teat leaker cow showed dilated teat cistern with more number of teat cistern folds (Fig.
A state-run initiative, the Refugee Milker Training Programme is a huge success in New York, becoming a role model for the rest of the states, experiencing a large influx of refugees from different countries and regions.
Recall that in the McChesney rent extraction framework lawmakers extract rents by threatening to pass a milker bill.
The startup cost of equipment for dairying will vary based on whether you choose to hand-milk or use a mechanical milker. Hand-milking takes more time, but mechanical milking equipment is more expensive.
Well, relief milker John has a startling surprise in store.
Robotic milkers offer benefits to dairy cows, too: cows can be milked multiple times per day, each cow's diet can be adjusted to meet her individual needs, and the robot's monitoring system will detect changes in the cows' well-being and alert the farmer.
Robert had connected the gentle vacuum apparatus of the Udderly EZ[TM] to a vacuum compressor, resulting in a mechanized version of the Udderly EZ[TM] which has since been dubbed the Ultimate EZ Milker.
But according to another "milker" named George Hoyland, the team did not mean to offend despite having made a real mess.
Mike Henry made his first hand milker because his hands hurt from milking a nanny goat.
Noticing his finest milch-cow missing, the morning milker made it his business to notify Ciaran.
The reservoir fits in a cast iron bracket that has capacity for eight milker inflations assembled on their 'spiders' and housings.
The infection affected cattle and one milker, who developed approximately 10 lesions in his hands and arms.
They are: Mark McLaughlin, promoted to senior vice president of supply chain and human resources; Ronald Izewski, promoted to senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer; Kathy Bassininski, promoted to vice president of brand development and corporate services; Richard Milker, promoted to vice president of technical services; and Keith Von Zup, promoted to vice president of Global Customer development.