kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

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.
See also: golden, goose, kill, lay, that

kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

Destroy a source of riches through stupidity or greed, as in If he never gives his loyal customers a break on some items in his store, he'll kill the goose that lays the golden eggs . This expression, already a proverb in the late 1400s, alludes to Aesop's fable about a farmer whose goose lays one golden egg a day, and who kills the goose in the mistaken belief that he'll get all the eggs at once.
See also: egg, golden, goose, kill, lay, that
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No justification to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
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.
Only greedy fools knowingly 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.