worth its/(one's) weight in gold(redirected from worth their weight in gold)
worth its/(one's) weight in gold
Very valuable, important, or useful. When you're in a foreign country, you'll find that a translator is worth his weight in gold. A computer system that didn't crash all the time would be worth its weight in gold around here!
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worth its weight in gold
Fig. very valuable. This book is worth its weight in gold. Oh, Bill. You're wonderful. You're worth your weight in gold.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
worth one's weight in gold
Also, worth its weight in gold. Very valuable, as in John's been extremely helpful; he's worth his weight in gold, or That tractor's been worth its weight in gold. This metaphoric term dates from Roman times and appeared in English by the early 1300s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
worth your weight in gold
If you say that someone or something is worth their weight in gold, you mean that they are extremely helpful or useful. An employee that you can trust to do these tasks is worth their weight in gold. A caller display device is worth its weight in gold.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
worth its/one's weight in gold
Extremely valuable; singularly useful. The Roman playwright Plautus was fond of this metaphor, which also appeared in several Middle English works of the early fourteenth century. Somewhat later Henry Medwall (A Goodly Interlude of Nature, ca. 1500) wrote, “Nay ye ar worth thy weyght of gold,” thereby becoming among the first of thousands to use the expression. See also worth one's salt.
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