any business venture, operation, or product that is a dependable source of income or profit.
a product, acquisition, etc, that produces a steady flow of cash, esp one with a well-known brand name commanding a high market share

noun phrase

A source of money, esp a generous one: But all this leaves The New Republic Inc without a cash cow/ For a fairly blatant cash cow, Pisces Iscariot delivers some fine milk (1970s+)
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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