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go in search of the golden fleece

To embark on an adventure, often one that is very dangerous or challenging. In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts went on a quest to find the golden fleece of a winged ram. The fossil hunters' descent into the cave is like the modern version of going in search of the golden fleece!
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fleece

tv. to cheat someone; to steal everything from someone. (Underworld.) Sam fleeced the kids for a lot of money.
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