kill the goose that lays the golden egg

(redirected from kill the golden goose)

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 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

or

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.
See also: egg, golden, goose, kill, lay, that
References in periodicals archive ?
Coun Peter Jackson, the leader of the Conservative group, said: "If the county council is trying to kill the golden goose then they are going the right way about it.
He added: "The industry will kill the golden goose as it threatened to do during the Celtic Tiger unless some constraints are imposed.
They can t do this if they aren t here so The Treasury needs to be careful that they don t kill the golden goose by overtaxing it.
We don't want to kill the golden goose in the search of the golden egg but we do have to do something if the English team is to prosper in the future.
Don't impose tax on SUVs: Don't kill the golden goose.
The wisdom behind agreeing to a five-match ODI series (with a Twenty-20 game as a back-up) just on the back of such a high-profile away series is nothing but an attempt at trying to kill the golden goose.
I hope those lessons are taken on board with T20 and they don't kill the golden goose," he added.
Like the bankers, the ECB could yet kill the golden goose through a myopic desire to drive up profits.
But we doubt C4 bosses will kill the golden goose just yet.
As long as he feels secure in his tenure, he will not wish to kill the golden goose.
It is insane what some businesses are now charging and it is only a matter of time before greedy shopkeepers kill the golden goose of tourism.
But if the few continue to demand such a distorted share they will ultimately kill the Golden Goose, let alone the Phoenix.
When asked in a recent Financial Times interview about the relative merits of lower drug prices versus the need to fund R&D efforts (which can cost as much as $500 million for each medication that wins Food and Drug Administration approval), he said, "You can kill the golden goose.
But sometime, someone is going to kill the golden goose," he added.