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milk cow

noun
1.
a cow that is raised for its milk rather than for beef.
2.
Informal. a source of easily gained income; profitable venture:
The new subsidiary turns out to be a real milk cow.
Origin of milk cow
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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  • I will give thee ten pounds for him, and a milk cow into the bargain.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • All of them had gardens, a milk cow, a few chickens, a couple of pigs and a team of horses or mules.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • For every 60 sheep there shall be kept one milk cow because of the scarcity of cattle.

  • He came back and went off with the bawble proud and happy, and on Thursday brought me a milk cow which justified all his promises.

    All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • See, I will give thee fifteen pounds for her, and throw a milk cow into the bargain.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • He gave Mr. Quince a milk cow, a white one, and you're to pick one for yourself.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • Among other good things we had a choice roast of beef which they informed me was from their very choice and only milk cow.

    Little Pills, An Army Story Robert Henderson McKay

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