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golden goose

a legendary goose that laid one golden egg a day and was killed by its impatient owner, who wanted all the gold immediately. Unabridged
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  • She did not exactly kill the golden goose, but began to sell out.

    Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs William H. G. Kingston
  • But first, I must show you this glorious bird—my golden goose!

    Nursery Comedies Lady Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell
  • But as soon as she touched her sisters, there she was, as fast as could be to the golden goose!

  • It was Don Tiburcio, still the guardian angel of the golden goose.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • They did not understand that they had killed their golden goose.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • He's not going to have any one else milking his golden goose.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • What, and gild the swan, to show how far his golden goose can carry him?

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But then any dealings with him would kill the golden goose at once.

    Castle Richmond

    Anthony Trollope
  • The old woman wanted a fish, so she asked Taper Tom if he would trade the fish for the golden goose.

British Dictionary definitions for golden goose

golden goose

a goose in folklore that laid a golden egg a day until its greedy owner killed it in an attempt to get all the gold at once
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Contemporary definitions for golden goose

a continuous resource, esp. of wealth or profit, but which can disappear if misused's 21st Century Lexicon
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