kill the goose that lays the golden egg

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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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If President Xi Jinping cracks down, he will cause capital and talent to flee the city, which could kill the golden goose.
I tried to tell him not to kill the golden goose, but he ordered a change in tenor.
Some market observers believe the government would not want to kill the golden goose and would likely pursue a middle path through moderate taxes.
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.
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.
He added: "The industry will kill the golden goose as it threatened to do during the Celtic Tiger unless some constraints are imposed.
Don't kill the golden goose.'' But the message was pretty clear, and in some ways a little revolutionary.
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."
The point is not to kill the golden goose. If you deflate the economy and cause unemployment and reduce take-home pay, you face a fall in tax revenue, so making it more difficult to deal with the deficit.
Don't impose tax on SUVs: Don't kill the golden goose. SUVs are the only segment that is growing in India.
Time to build a sustainable future Don't kill the golden goose NO THE PUNDIT YESTHE SPL CHAIRMEN
Marsh said that while he welcomed Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland's announcement on Friday that the board had approved minority holdings in each of the Big Bash teams to be held by private investors from next season, he cautioned against overscheduling of Twenty20, which would "kill the golden goose" in the same way that years of meaningless ODI fixtures had all but destroyed the 50-over game.
Like the bankers, the ECB could yet kill the golden goose through a myopic desire to drive up profits.