the 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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The golden goose turns out to be a hyperactive golden gosling, protected by its mother (Mother Goose, perhaps?
The Golden Goose private club in Fort Smith was scheduled to have its private club and retail beer permit reinstated Nov.
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.
I hope those lessons are taken on board with T20 and they don't kill the golden goose," he added.
As the Goose has no course form on the Victoria course, may be feeling weary after four days of eyeball-to-eyeball matchplay, and sorry for himself for his side's defeat and a sub-standard personal effort, chances are the Golden Goose quote of 40-43 is pitched too high.
He said: "What really, really appalled me, is the way in which developers see retail as the golden goose, the honey pot around which people will meet.
What's good for the golden goose is good for the bloke that married her, got her up the duff, and lived the high life on her dosh ever since.
The Golden Goose Gala, a VIP reserve-tasting black-tie dinner with live entertainment, will be held in a secret location on Friday; tickets are $250 per person, location will be revealed to ticket holders on the day of the event.
My Family can't fill the gap, neither can turkeys in baths or on sun beds, or rushing Corrie through a mess of a panto as ITV squeeze another rotten egg out of the golden goose they seem intent on flogging to death.
Policymakers have a fine line to travel between killing the golden goose and allowing the golden goose to morph into something hideous," said Nationwide's Herath.
Each board dealt with the provincial bargaining unit and boards never got together to have a common front--so of course the teacher unions were upset as the golden goose was removed by this legislation.
It's really what Lucky the Golden Goose is all about: planting seeds rather than squandering them.
The companies feared "killing the golden goose in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Japan," Post reporter Barton Gellman wrote on December 27.
The competition in stock underwriting, like that in big-time law and accounting, was fierce, and Barry was the golden goose nobody wanted to kill.