suck an orange

all Lombard Street to a China orange

great wealth against one ordinary object

virtual certainty – dated

Lombard Street in London was originally occupied by bankers from Lombardy and it still contains a number of London's principal banks. This idiom dates from the early 19th century, but the use of a China orange to mean a worthless thing is recorded earlier.

squeeze an orange = suck an orange

take all that is profitable out of something

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