cash cow


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 Obviously, the options market was a cash cow for Robinhood, compared with the stock market. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 Porsche is a veritable cash cow for Volkswagen, earning one of the industry’s highest returns on sales, and contributing nearly 40 percent of the group’s overall €10.6 billion underlying operating profits last year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 June 2021 The event should be a cash cow for the Fort Worth area. Dallas News, 5 June 2021 Florida football, the UAA’s cash cow, generated more than $87.4 million in revenues in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Edgar Thompson,, 11 June 2021 Discovery was making the same calculation, as the cash cow of pay TV is being eclipsed by streaming. Dawn Chmielewski, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The move — a potential cash cow for the teams involved but also one that would shut out nearly all of Europe — has been met with condemnation from many European soccer fans as well as from the continent’s power structure. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Then there’s the case of Amazon, a tech firm whose e-commerce business is barely profitable but whose cloud services business is a cash cow. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 10 June 2021 The unprecedented cancellation of the Bowl’s season last year translated into a massive loss of ticket revenue for the L.A. Phil, which uses its summer cash cow to help pay for the ambitious programs in Disney Hall. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cash cow

1972, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jul 2021

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“Cash cow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cash cow

: someone or something that makes a lot of money for a business, organization, etc.


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