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worth one's weight in gold

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Also, worth its weight in gold. Very valuable, as in John's been extremely helpful; he's worth his weight in gold, or That tractor's been worth its weight in gold. This metaphoric term dates from Roman times and appeared in English by the early 1300s.

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