golden goose


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golden goose

A person, thing, or organization that is or has the potential to earn a lot of money for a long period of time. Taken from a folk tale of a goose that would lay a golden egg once a day, but was killed by its owner because he wanted all of its gold at once. New carbon taxes have proved to be a golden goose for the government, providing a steady and much-needed source of revenue. College athletics, especially football, have always been a golden goose for universities, which earn significant sums from attendance at games and tournaments.
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When Emerson folded Golden Goose, he gave his archives, including the still-unopened letter, to a business associate who took the material home.
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The big plan, hatched by Humpty Dumpty himself, is to steal golden eggs from the golden goose at the top of the giant bean-stalk.
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She presents many well-known, and some lesser known, fairytales collected and written by the Grimm brothers in the 19th century, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Golden Goose.
My campaign will feature attacks on Harman's serial violations of her constitutional oath; tax and spend extravagances; infatuations with Big Brother and job-killing regulations; assaults on privacy and civil liberties; and, staggering and unsustainable trillion dollar budget deficits that strangle credit for small business-the golden goose of job creation.
Golden Goose Resources is a Canadian junior exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of resource properties.
Bob Rishworth, chairman of Chali Richards - the 310-year-old firm, which is now a subsidiary of pounds 245m-turnover drinks group Halewood International - said: "For too long, the alcohol industry has been regarded by successive governments as the tax equivalent of the golden goose.
As the Goose has no course form on the Victoria course, may be feeling weary after four days of eyeball-to-eyeball matchplay, and sorry for himself for his side's defeat and a sub-standard personal effort, chances are the Golden Goose quote of 40-43 is pitched too high.
Machine that kept their debtors away,//machine Abe dubbed Anna's golden goose,/machine she cranked til it rocked like a sluice.
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We are "The Golden Goose," that is being prepared for the "kill.
The Golden Goose Gala, a VIP reserve-tasting black-tie dinner with live entertainment, will be held in a secret location on Friday; tickets are $250 per person, location will be revealed to ticket holders on the day of the event.