cash cow

noun

Definition of cash cow

1 : a consistently profitable business, property, or product whose profits are used to finance a company's investments in other areas
2 : one regarded or exploited as a reliable source of money a singer deemed a cash cow for the record label

Examples of cash cow in a Sentence

The football team was a cash cow for the university. The movie studio saw the actress as a cash cow.
Recent Examples on the Web The people running the tournaments don't want to kick them out, because that's their cash cow. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2022 Advertising services, another cash cow, increased 14% to $8.76 billion. Spencer Soper, Fortune, 28 July 2022 The child welfare system was created to be a transitional network to assist the family in reunifying, not a permanent cash cow for the government and others to benefit from. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Aug. 2021 Repositioning Runway in this way is key: When the magazine was a cash cow, virulent ambition and constant overworking seemed like means-to-an-end methods for success. Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2022 The gambling and sports betting sector is a cash cow, and there are plenty of major companies generating huge revenue in the space. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 For the last five years, Outdoor Retailer has been a veritable cash cow for Colorado. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 20 Jan. 2022 The show, which is made by ITV and Lifted Entertainment (part of ITV Studios) is a cash cow for the broadcaster, with the highly coveted 16-34 year old demographic tuning in nightly on ITV2 for the eighth season (pictured above) this year. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 23 June 2022 These moments, which try to connect Elvis with the politics of his era, are really episodes in his relationship with Colonel Parker, who wants to keep his cash cow away from controversy. New York Times, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cash cow

1972, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

22 Sep 2022

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“Cash cow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cash%20cow. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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