- greed and excitement caused by a gold rush.
Origin of gold fever
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for gold fever
The gold-fever was hot in their blood; and they were deaf and blind to all but the digging man.
"You shore have got the gold-fever an' got it bad," laughed Ham.
During my stay in Melbourne the gold-fever was at its height.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands
George Francis Train
In vain he tried to persuade his mates to follow suit, but the gold-fever had taken too strong a hold upon them.Australia Revenged
While he was doing this, he suddenly felt tug after tug on his line—frenzied pulls that woke him from his gold-fever instantly.The Pirate Shark