English : Milk

Can the word milk be used as a verb?

By Mrs. Lavanya, Singapore – 14th June 2007.

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Yes, it can. When you milk someone for something, you get as much money as you can from that person. Similarly, when you milk a situation or place, you take advantage of the situation or place in a very determined sort of way. You try and make as much profit as you can, without really worrying about the methods you have resorted to.

• The lawyer was milking his rich clients.

• Many schools have started milking parents for extra money.
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