any business venture, operation, or product that is a dependable source of income or profit.
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How to use cash cow in a sentence
“Instead of competing on the merits, Facebook used its power to suppress competition so it could take advantage of users and make billions by converting personal data into a cash cow,” James said.The Facebook and Google antitrust suits are a warning shot for all corporate giants—not just Big Tech | matthewheimer | December 10, 2020 | Fortune
BERT, as noted above, now also powers Google search, the company’s cash cow.We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says. | Karen Hao | December 5, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Because of that, Discovery has to build up its streaming business in a way that won’t cannibalize its linear cash cow.Cheatsheet: Discovery unveils Discovery+, its DTC streaming service | Tim Peterson | December 3, 2020 | Digiday
It will also give the company a stronger shot at a newer revenue stream to complement advertising, which remains its biggest cash cow by a big margin.Facebook confirms it has acquired Kustomer, sources say for $1B | Ingrid Lunden | November 30, 2020 | TechCrunch
Still, Cape ended up publishing it in 1953 and in doing so created a cash cow for the publishing house.
It is a cash cow, handed billions by TV networks and rewarding its sponsors with huge ratings and ever growing revenues.
Nonetheless, a battle-ready J-31 could still be a cash cow, and a good way for China to make friends.
The original cash cow of the Murdoch newspapers was his red-top daily, The Sun.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine | Clive Irving | August 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The show was an instant hit and a cash cow for Walters and ABC, but lately the franchise has been running out of steam.The View’s Bloody Backstage Politics: How Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie Lost Control of Their Show | Lloyd Grove | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The construction industry is still a huge cash cow for the yakuza and they are estimated to consume 5% of annual profits.
British Dictionary definitions for cash cow
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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