Cash-cow definition

A product or service that provides a steady, dependable source of funds or income.
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(slang, business) A profitable asset or resource, as a subsidiary company, producing excess funds that are used to finance investment in other areas, support unprofitable ventures, etc.
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(idiomatic, business) A product, service, or enterprise that generates ongoing, high net free cash flows.
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(idiomatic, by extension) Someone or something which is a dependable source of appreciable amounts of money; a moneymaker.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cash-cow
Plural:
cash-cows

Origin of cash-cow

  • An allusion to the dairy cow, which once acquired may be milked on an ongoing basis.

    From Wiktionary