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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moneymaker, money-spinner, cash cownoun

    a project that generates a continuous flow of money


  1. cash cownoun

    A product, service, or enterprise that generates ongoing, high net free cash flows.

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

  2. cash cownoun

    Someone or something which is a dependable source of appreciable amounts of money; a moneymaker.

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


  1. Cash cow

    In business, a cash cow is a product or a business unit that generates unusually high profit margins: so high that it is responsible for a large amount of a company's operating profit. This profit far exceeds the amount necessary to maintain the cash cow business, and the excess is used by the business for other purposes. A firm is said to be acting as a cash cow when its earnings per share is equal to its dividends per share, or in other words, when a firm pays out 100% of its net free cash flow to its shareholders as dividends at the end of each accounting term. This also implies that the firm is not investing in product improvements and is essentially considering itself not in a growth market. This could be the case if a company sees the future of a product line as bleak as a result of some other technology taking away its market share. Risks of a cash cow include complacency, with management ignoring the need for change as market forces erode value; and ongoing turf wars between the management in charge of the cash cow and other managers trying to garner support for other products. That said, every business longs for a cash cow product. The BCG growth-share matrix developed by the Boston Consulting Group, still used by analysts in large companies, uses the term "cash cow" to describe business units experiencing high market share and low market growth.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cash cow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cash cow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cash cow in a Sentence

  1. Pete Sessions:

    Any vendor monetarily benefiting from vile language in opposition to law enforcement is appalling. Woke culture is proving to be a cash cow that further divides our nation, i am for rule of law and for backing the brave men and women in blue.

  2. Charl Malan:

    The shares have fallen because of a total misunderstanding of the situation, first Quantum is not going to lose its assets. It is profitable, it is paying salaries and paying taxes... First Quantum won't sell the Zambia assets. Zambia is their cash cow.

  3. Femi Adesina:

    It's the country's cash cow. It has a bright future. It's just that transparency and accountability have to be introduced into how it operates and this is the beginning of that process.

  4. Nicholas McQuire:

    He will understand the importance of all the assets, as opposed to, historically, AWS is just this thing on the side that was boring and was a cash cow.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    • A. ambidextrous
    • B. eloquent
    • C. adscripted
    • D. foreordained

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