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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(kill) the golden ˈgoose

(also (kill) the goose that lays the golden ˈegg/ˈeggs) (destroy) something that makes you rich, successful, etc: The government is worried that a new tax might kill the golden goose by scaring away foreign investment.The banks made vast profits from an energy trader that had become the golden goose of Wall Street.This comes from an ancient Greek story about a farmer who had a goose that laid golden eggs. The farmer thought that if he killed the goose he could get all the eggs inside. However, by killing the goose, he lost everything.
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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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However, their greedy mother, who is unaware that the golden goose is their father reborn and returned, decides to intervene and pluck all the goose's golden feathers at once, for fear of losing the goose and future golden feathers.
The telecom sector was the golden goose which laid golden eggs.
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The Grimm's Fairy Tales features about 200 stories including Tom Thumb, Rapunzel and The Golden Goose.
A handsome artisan and amateur dancer from the French sticks finds his body virtually glued to that of a haughty Parisian ballet teacher in "Hand in Hand," a contempo, dance-infused variation on the Grimm Brothers' tale of the golden goose.
Saturday Puss in Boots Sky Movies Premiere 8pm Antonio Banderas once again supplies dashing vocals in this comedy, as Shrek's swashbuckling feline gets his own movie, which puts him on the trail of a magical golden goose from a giant's castle.
Golden goose is the centrepiece, served with roast potatoes, chestnut stuffing and orange sauce.
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.
Activities include candle-dipping, puppet shows, crafts, cakewalks, the Crystal Cookie Cave, Hanukkah room, food and games, Russian Tea Room and Rose Caf, Golden Goose school store and live music.
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BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "Beer has always been a rich revenue source for Government - but they may now be cooking the golden goose.
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.