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milk

noun [U] uk   /mɪlk/ us  
A1 the white liquid produced by cows, goats, and sheep and used by humans as a drink or for making butter, cheese, etc.: a glass/carton of milk cow's/goat's milk skimmed/pasteurized milk a milk bottle the white liquid produced by women and other female mammals as food for their young: Breast/Mother's milk is the best nourishment for a baby. the white liquid produced by some plants and trees: coconut milk

milk

verb uk   /mɪlk/ us  

milk verb (GET MILK)

[I or T] to get milk from an animal: Milking a cow by hand is a skilled process. Some goats seem to milk (= produce milk) better than others.

milk verb (GET MONEY/INFORMATION)

[T] disapproving to get as much money or information out of someone or something as possible, often in an unfair or dishonest way: [+ obj + adj ] The newspapers milked the story dry. The directors milked the company of several million pounds.
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