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gold digger

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noun
  1. a person who seeks or digs for gold in a gold field.
  2. Informal. a woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain.

Origin of gold digger

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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gold-digger

noun
  1. a person who prospects or digs for gold
  2. informal a woman who uses her sexual attractions to accumulate gifts and wealth or advance her social position
Derived Formsgold-digging, noun
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Word Origin and History for gold-digger

gold digger

n.

also gold-digger, "woman who pursues men for their money," first recorded 1915. Literal sense attested from 1830.

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