kill the goose that lays the golden egg

kill the goose that lays the golden egg(s)

To ruin or destroy something that brings one wealth. Firing the programmer who created your most successful app is like killing the goose that lays the golden egg.
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Kill the goose that lays the golden egg(s).

Prov. To destroy something that is profitable to you. Fred's wife knew he wasn't happy in his job, even though it paid well; still, she felt that advising him to leave it would be killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.
See also: egg, golden, goose, kill, lay, that

kill the goose that lays the golden egg

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kill the golden goose

If someone or something kills the goose that lays the golden egg or kills the golden goose, they do something which results in an important source of money being stopped or very much reduced. Most people visiting this area do so because of the beautiful countryside. Spoil that, and you'd be killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Everyone wants the business here. They want to keep the clients happy. Nobody wants to be the one to kill the golden goose. Note: You can describe an important source of money as a golden goose, especially when it is in danger of being stopped or very much reduced. It was alleged in court that Jakes had treated Whittaker as a `golden goose'. The days when the manufacturing industry was a golden goose are long gone. Note: This expression comes from Aesop's fable (= traditional story, usually with a moral) about a peasant who owned a goose which laid golden eggs. The peasant was so eager to become rich that he cut the bird open, hoping that he would be able to get all the eggs at once.
See also: egg, golden, goose, kill, lay, that

kill the goose that lays the golden egg(s)

destroy a reliable and valuable source of income.
One of Aesop's fables tells the tale of a man who owned a miraculous goose that laid eggs of gold. However, he grew dissatisfied with its production of just one egg a day and killed it in the deluded expectation of finding a large quantity of gold inside it. For brevity's sake, the expression is often shortened (presumably by those unaware of its origin) to kill the golden goose .
1999 New York Times Change is needed in the nation's drug policies…But we need to address the problem carefully in a way that doesn't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
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He said: "If we are not careful, we will kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
If we allow these roads to continue to deteriorate, we could kill the goose that lays the golden egg," Sen.
There is a danger that they are all getting caught up in too many agendas when there should be only one - singing Be careful you don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
The clear and present danger is that we go over the top with it and we kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
The fairness of the deal is evidenced by the whiners on both sides--those who argued that any increase in the severance tax would kill the goose that lays the golden egg and those who complained that the compromise left too much money on the table.
There is obviously far too much racing and unless the powers that be wake up they will kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
It was so encouraging to see so much enthusiasm at Chwilog, but please don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
Only idiots kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
But in the present weak economy, and given New York's rent regulatory system, I suspect that high taxes will kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
You can't kill the goose that lays the golden egg - so lets be a bit sensible about those demands that are being put on clubs.
Government should have initiated privatization with the sale of unprofitable units after some reforms as sale of national assets amounts to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
I am old enough to recall gates of under 20,000 - do not take us for granted or you will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Trampling on America's generous immigration laws will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Therefore, as McCormick warns, we should take great care that regulations in the name of global warming "not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
It is critical that those of us who have championed these principles apply our energies to the incredible potential of technology, and that we not underestimate the potential of Big Government to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.