Midas touch

noun

: an uncanny ability for making money in every venture

Did you know?

Midas was a legendary king of Phrygia (in modern-day Turkey). In return for a good deed, he was granted one wish by the god Dionysus, and asked for the power to turn everything he touched into gold. When he discovered to his horror that his touch had turned his food and drink—and even his daughter—to gold, he begged Dionysus to take back the gift, and Dionysus agreed to do so. When "Midas touch" is used today, the moral of this tale of greed is usually ignored.

Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Midas touch was in 1813

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“Midas touch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Midas%20touch. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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