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gold dust

noun
1.
gold in fine particles.
Origin of gold dust
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705
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  • I had been used to see the men about me lick the dust at my feet, for it was gold dust.

  • The gold dust and the dust of the road, could they withstand a drop of rain?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • To think that they were going to walk off with two or three grains of his gold dust!

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Expensive objects were paid for in grains of gold dust, which were carried in quills.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The cap which Cortes had sent was returned filled with gold dust.

    Discoverers and Explorers Edward R. Shaw
  • If it had been gold dust it could not have been more valuable.

    Ten American Girls From History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • The gold of thought has generally to be collected as gold dust.

  • In some places were great furnaces, where gold dust was being melted into bricks.

    Rinkitink in Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Cherry's skirt brushed the gold dust from masses and masses of buttercups.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for gold dust

gold dust

noun
1.
gold in the form of small particles or powder, as found in placer-mining
2.
a valuable or rare thing: tickets for this match are gold dust
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