kill the goose that lays the golden egg

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

kill the goose that lays the golden egg

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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.
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.
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A spokesman for WTM, which kicks off tomorrow at the Excel Centre in Docklands, said: "A tourism tax might seem one solution but, looking at the wider picture, the inbound travel industry would say it would seem wise not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg."
In the end, it will have to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Must the same view that allows government to act heavy-handedly on "sin products" also be the same one that governs revenue policy regarding the mining industry?
"If we allow these roads to continue to deteriorate, we could kill the goose that lays the golden egg," Sen.
A leading lawyer yesterday warned the wages boom threatens to "kill the goose that lays the golden egg".
"This bill is kind of one-sided, ill-thought-out doles may sound very altruistic and pro-poor, but these are unsustainable and will kill the goose that lays the golden egg," Credai said.
There is a danger that they are all getting caught up in too many agendas when there should be only one - singing Be careful you don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg. The public won't be fooled too many times before boredom creeps in.
The clear and present danger is that we go over the top with it and we kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
The fairness of the deal is evidenced by the whiners on both sides--those who argued that any increase in the severance tax would kill the goose that lays the golden egg and those who complained that the compromise left too much money on the table.
There is obviously far too much racing and unless the powers that be wake up they will kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Try to pick up the 2007 Flat form book with one hand, let alone use it satisfactorily.
It was so encouraging to see so much enthusiasm at Chwilog, but please don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg. There are many old faithfuls that go from eisteddfod to eisteddfod, and they need to be encouraged rather than discouraged.
Can the UK really afford to kill the goose that lays the golden egg?
Would you kill the goose that lays the golden egg?(56) Sharon heralded the benefits that the railroad would bring to workers in the form of reduced transportation costs, higher company profits, and higher wages.
But in the present weak economy, and given New York's rent regulatory system, I suspect that high taxes will kill the goose that lays the golden egg.
'Let us not kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Give to businesses what is due to businesses, and give to employees what is due to them,' the ECCP said.
Only idiots kill the goose that lays the golden egg...