cash cow

noun Informal.
any business venture, operation, or product that is a dependable source of income or profit.
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cash cow
 
n
a product, acquisition, etc, that produces a steady flow of cash, esp one with a well-known brand name commanding a high market share

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cash cow definition


  1. n.
    a dependable source of money; a good investment. : Mr. Wilson turned out to be the cash cow we needed to start our repertoire company.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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cash cow

A dependable source of profit, as in The small-appliance division is this company's cash cow. Although this precise term dates only from about 1970, milch cow was used in exactly the same way from 1601.

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Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Procedures are a cash cow for hospitals and specialists.
For those with the right connections, this has been a major cash cow.
Not, however, before some companies had consigned their electronics businesses
  to the fate of the cash cow.
He was a control freak, who created a proprietorial cash cow, while convincing
  his exploited customers that he was a saviour.
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