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.
See also: golden, goose

(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.
See also: golden, goose
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Not with the extended toxic political environment that threatens to kill the "golden goose that lays the golden egg".
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The outlaw cat must rely on an old friend, a seductive thief and his own skills if he is to acquire the fabled eggs of the Golden Goose.
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The Grand Prix was seen as the golden goose in French racing at the time and this new event in October would see horses compete on equal terms.
Jack's golden goose finally catches him and drops him back into the cage: we have to close the cage-flap quickly, and we mustn't take our eyes off Nibbles even for one second ...
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Online dealers will kill the golden goose: They need local stores to transfer to, but if local stores refuse transfers then they in turn will be hurt by negative feedback.
The energy sector is a "golden goose" for the North East but the Government is failing to help the region realise its potential, a contender to be Labour's deputy leader has said.
Branstetter, Carnegie Mellon University and NBER; Chirantan Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore; and Matthew Higgins, Georgia Institute of Technology and NBER, "Starving or Fattening the Golden Goose? Generic Entry and the Incentives for Early-Stage Pharmaceutical Innovation" (NBER Working Paper No.