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buried treasure

1. Literally, treasure (such as gold, jewels, or other valuable items) that has been buried under sand or lays hidden in the ocean. Every kid dreams of finding buried treasure at the beach.
2. Anything that has lain dormant or undiscovered for a long period of time that, upon discovery, is found to be of great value. The writer, who was unknown in his lifetime, became hugely popular after the buried treasure of his unpublished manuscript was discovered among his belongings.
See also: bury, treasure

one man's trash is another man's treasure

What one person may consider worthless could be highly prized or valued by someone else. A: "I really don't understand the appeal of Jackson Pollock paintings—they just look like paint splatters to me!" B: "Eh, one man's trash is another man's treasure."
See also: another, one, trash, treasure

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Prov. Something that one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else. Q: Why would anyone want to hang a picture like that on the wall? A: One man's trash is another man's treasure. A: Bob's uncle is always going through people's garbage, looking for old stuff. B: One man's trash is another man's treasure.
See also: another, one, trash, treasure
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From the quiet opening - one of Chopin's most treasurable melancholy melodies which was caressed lovingly here - to its pounding full-throttle finale Seong-Jin's performance had epic scope.
It is an amazing privilege to watch that extraordinary recording take shape, and Jones's memorable performance of "Being Alive" is a treasurable high point in Broadway history.
Don't despair," urges a character in Horton Foote's "Talking Pictures," one of the esteemed playwright's lesser-known but treasurable works receiving a rare revival at Chicago's Goodman Theater.
This is another utterly wonderful release from Charles Lloyd (who should be declared a National Treasure) on ECM (an internationally treasurable label).
Danilova is a treasurable repository of old choreography.
Further Elgar comes with a recent treasurable package from SOMM, releasing gems of Elgar's work in the recording studio previously unknown to the general public.
There are also treasurable perfs in crucial supporting roles.
Agreed, the price is right for this low-cost collection, and there are some novelty items among the selections; still, there are so many more treasurable collections of Sousa available, it's hard to give this newcomer an unqualified recommendation.
This is a jewel of a book, treasurable as much for its con-fiding narrative as for the magnificently evocative artwork - and for its revelation of a haunting portrait of the conductor Georg Solti which has still to be funded into the light of day.
Otherwise, both of these programs exemplify the primitive charms of early television while giving us a priceless glimpse of some treasurable artists from the golden age.
Caine's beatific perf, in hippie spectacles and shoulder-length hair, is treasurable and provides the two shafts of sunlight in the otherwise gray and wintry movie.
It's a treasurable disc and one well worth looking for.
And a postscript: the programmebook was among the best I have ever handled, packed with information, and with the libretto so clearly printed that people were able to follow it (though they shouldn't have) whilst watching this treasurable show.
In another treasurable book, Oliver describes some of the functions that images, or figurative language, can take.
Earlier, we'd heard Charlotte Moseley as soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto; an accomplished, energetic performance with a big heart - the tone of her lower strings as she duetted with the clarinet in the Canzonetta was particularly treasurable.