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Definition of milk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    milk

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mɪlk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪlk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they milk
    BrE BrE//mɪlk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪlk//
     
    he / she / it milks
    BrE BrE//mɪlks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪlks//
     
    past simple milked
    BrE BrE//mɪlkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪlkt//
     
    past participle milked
    BrE BrE//mɪlkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪlkt//
     
    -ing form milking
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪlkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪlkɪŋ//
     
    Animal farming
     
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  1. 1milk something to take milk from a cow, goat, etc. See related entries: Animal farming
  2. 2(disapproving) to obtain as much money, advantage, etc. for yourself as you can from a particular situation, especially in a dishonest way milk A (from B) She's milked a small fortune from the company over the years. milk B (of A) She's milked the company of a small fortune. I know he's had a hard time lately, but he's certainly milking it for all it's worth (= using it as an excuse to do things that people would normally object to).
  3. Word Origin Old English milc, milcian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch melk and German Milch, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin mulgere and Greek amelgein ‘to milk’.Extra examples He had milked her for information. I know he’s had a hard time lately, but he’s certainly milking it for all it’s worth. These large firms milk the government of subsidies.Idioms
    milk/suck somebody/something dry
     
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    to get from somebody/something all the money, help, information, etc. they have, usually giving nothing in return By earning millions from racing and giving pennies back, the bookmakers are sucking the sport dry.
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