a golden calf

a golden calf

something, especially wealth, as an object of excessive or unworthy worship.
In the Bible, the golden calf was a statue of gold in the shape of a calf, made by Aaron in response to the Israelites' plea for a god while they awaited Moses' return from Mount Sinai, where he was receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus, chapter 32).
See also: calf, golden
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I contend that guns have become like a golden calf, a version of religion in many places in the United States.
Yom Kippur is marked as the day on which Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments and announced God's pardon of people for worshipping a golden calf.
These institutions have turned free trade into a golden calf.