What does cash cow mean?


Idiom Meaning:

someone or something that makes a lot of money


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


The Ladykillers (2004)

Time of Scene: 00:23:00

Professor Dorr: What do you think, General? Present any problems? Good then. Gentlemen, why don’t we crowd around and go over the plan? Gentlemen, this is the Bandit Queen. Gambling den. Cash cow. Sodom of the Mississippi Delta and the focus of our little exercise. Here is Orchard Street. Here is the residence of Marva Munson, the charming lady whom you all met moments ago. Gentlemen, I’m sure you’re all aware that the Solons of the state of Mississippi, to wit, its legislature, have decreed that no gaming establishment shall be erected within its borders upon dry land. They may, however, legally float. While the gambling activity is restricted to these riverboats, no such restrictions apply to the functions ancillary to this cash-besotted business. The casino’s offices, locker rooms, facilities to cook and clean, and, most importantly, its counting houses, the reinforced, secret, super-secure repositories of the lucre, may all be situated wherever. Gawain, where is “wherever”?

Gawain MacSam: Say what?

Professor Dorr: Where’s the money?


Free Willy (1993)

Time of Scene: 00:23:00

Jesse: So how much they payin’ you to be my jailer?

Glenn Greenwood: A jailer, huh? Yeah, boy, I’m making such a great deal on you you wouldn’t believe it. You’re a regular cash cow, kid. That, plus a million dollars I could probably retire by the time I’m 300 years old. Look, you’re gonna have to help me out a little bit here. Okay? Dwight says that I was supposed to make some rules for you and, uh, problem is, I’ve always been a better rule-breaker than rule-maker, myself and, uh. So you’re gonna have to tell me what you think you need.


The Perfect Date (2019)

Time of Scene: n/a

Charlie Rattigan: Damn, Brooks, you did all that just to raise money for Yale? I’d have sold a non-vital organ, if I’d known it meant that much to you. There’s a reason God gave us two kidneys. That spare kidney is just a rainy day cash cow, sitting there.



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