Definition of golden goose in English:

golden goose


  • A continuing source of wealth or profit that may be exhausted if it is misused.

    ‘they were killing the golden goose of tourism’
    • ‘The Bells, regarding local services as their proprietary golden goose, successfully sued to gain control over such access and pricing.’
    • ‘A domestic tourism market may not be the golden goose so keenly coveted by hoteliers, restaurateurs and others, but it is at least a solid silver or sturdy bronze one.’
    • ‘Last week, as shares took a tumble, they must have been asking if their golden goose was about to be slain.’
    • ‘Claritin is the golden goose for US pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough - a drug with global sales of three billion dollars a year.’
    • ‘Such short-term, externally-driven industries kill the golden goose, the bounty of the forest that has sustained life in the region for millennia.’
    • ‘Bioscience is not the only golden goose in Dundee.’
    • ‘It will kill the golden goose, the very ecosystem that makes it such an attractive tourism proposition in the first place.’
    • ‘Let them not kill the golden goose, in this case the viewers, by making it too expensive for them to watch TV.’
    • ‘Indian industry watchers acknowledge that the country's outsourcing industry - its golden goose of the moment - is indeed facing a ‘serious’ problem.’
    • ‘The off-licence industry is seen as the golden goose of the past ten years.’
    • ‘Given that overlicensing helped kill the golden goose, it shouldn't be much of a revelation that meaningful exclusives ensure healthy licensees.’
    • ‘That's one of the rule changes made years ago when tournament promoters realized that piles of dead bass left in the wake of a tournament could kill the golden goose.’
    • ‘‘Commercial backing might kill the golden goose,’ Letellier said.’
    • ‘The more it leans on the franchise, industry observers believe, the more ABC risks killing the golden goose.’
    • ‘I put it to him that Y2K's been a golden goose for his industry.’
    • ‘No studio can ever take his golden goose away from him.’
    • ‘There's a good chance, too, that Las Vegas may eventually kill its golden goose.’
    • ‘But something else happened at this moment that may yet be seen as the measure that killed the golden goose.’
    • ‘It could also threaten what has been the golden goose for NBC, the Games on prime time.’
    • ‘Of course he was given a lot more leeway now that he had proven himself the golden goose of Columbia.’


golden goose

/ˈɡōldən ɡo͞os/ /ˈɡoʊldən ɡus/