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gold fever

greed and excitement caused by a gold rush.
Origin of gold fever
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary Examples
  • But with ore prices up nearly 50 percent in value over the last 12 months, gold fever has swept the rainforest again.

Historical Examples
  • Early in the summer of 1860 I had a bad attack of gold fever.

    A Gold Hunter's Experience Chalkley J. Hambleton
  • I was afraid you might get the gold fever, but I guess you're pretty safe.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
  • "You've got gold fever, like I had," said Lessels, sympathetically.

  • That, however, was to come later on, when the gold fever fairly got hold of them.

  • Killings rouse a mining-camp after a while—gold fever or no.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • And the gold fever, inherited from his father, still burned in his blood.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • We may have been responsible for his infection with the gold fever.

    The Land of Nome Lanier McKee
  • On returning to Hobarton Captain Taylor was seized with the gold fever.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • The gold fever had spread to Monterey, and he had determined to be off to the mines at once.


    J. Tyrwhitt Brooks

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