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rich as Croesus

Very wealthy, as in They're rich as Croesus, with their penthouse, yacht, and horses. This term alludes to Croesus, the legendary King of Lydia and supposedly the richest man on earth. The simile was first recorded in English in 1577.
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richer than Croesus

Very wealthy. Croesus ruled an ancient Asia Minor kingdom who amassed a fabulous amount of wealth (he is also credited with having minted the first gold coins). How he would have compared to computer moguls and hedge-fund tycoons can never be measured, but his name lived on as someone who wasn't worried about where his next meal was coming from. “Rockefeller” was the late 19th- and 20th-century comparison: “He spends money like he's Rockefeller.” A Chock Full O' Nuts commercial included the line “better coffee Rockefeller's millions can't buy” until the Rockefeller family requested a change to “better coffee a millionaire's money can't buy.”
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Similarly, Croesus slaughters three thousand animals "of each kind" (the kinds are not listed) and burns a great pyre of couches overlaid with gold and silver and other precious artifacts "expecting that thereby he would be likelier to win the favor of the god" (1.
It contains a very full account of the portable cofferdam which was made by Mr Dawson nearly half a century ago to enable the stern frame of the General Screw Shipping Co's ship Croesus to be got at.
Albery's shrewd direction keeps these elements in balance--wit, farce, sorrow and even danger in the case of Croesus, who is manhandled by Cyrus's men as if he is being sent off to Guantanamo.
Almasy's guilt as a Nazi collaborator resides within the context of European history--he is the modern counterpart of Herodotus' Croesus, an Eastern enemy of Western freedom.
Before Croesus went to battle with Cyrus, the King of the Persians, he consulted the oracle at Delphi.
Amasis rose from the ranks and appears to have been a capable and judicious sovereign, living at the time of Croesus and the rise of Greek art, philosophy, literature, and science.
Pondy Woods"), and Croesus and Aurelius ("Croesus in Autumn").
You donate a kidney for the preservation of Croesus, Croesus pays a sum for your preservation.
At the time, says Ramage, Croesus was the Lydian king.
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Perhaps you have heard the English expression, "as rich as Croesus.
The Buglife judges awarded Tammy highly commended for her skilful photo of a caterpillar of a Croesus sawfly and her brilliant close-up photo will appear in this coming year's Buglife calendar.
However, despite it all there is one thing that seems to suggest things are going to work out, that there is soul beyond the riches of Croesus that they've been offered for the tour and the festival headlining slots which surely must follow.
So, Mr Gray, who emailed me about "Great escapes", unfortunately your email, along with assurances of wealth beyond Croesus by Mr Samson Bong of Burkina Faso, and the promise of an appendage that could poke a rhino's eye out by a Canadian chemist, your message is heading towards Jupiter.