fool's gold


Definition of fool's gold

: pyrite broadly : any of various pyritic minerals resembling gold

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Recent Examples on the Web Beating the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons in back-to-back games is fool's gold. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Now that I've stopped taking edibles, Detroit Lions' reality comes into focus," 30 Oct. 2020 Iron sulfide, better known as pyrite or fool's gold, could have a new lease on the high life after researchers turned it into a magnet using an electrical treatment. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Fool's Gold Has a Purpose After All," 31 July 2020 But Kitchens’ shine proved to be fool's gold, and Dorsey’s credibility takes a hit because of his lack of discernment in this area. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: After firing Freddie Kitchens, Browns need next coach to get team in order," 30 Dec. 2019 There's a mine built into the ground of the basement, which had revealed traces of gold when built, later found to be fool's gold. Mackenzie Shuman, azcentral, "Posh Places: $2.5M Wickenburg 'Shipworm Shack' for sale," 7 Dec. 2019 Davis, of course, had been burned before by the Wolverines, that Big Ten equivalent of fool's gold. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football is in a familiar spot: Below its preseason ranking," 24 Oct. 2019 Materials like the copper ore mineral chalcocite and fool's gold, pyrite, are sulfidic anions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sulfuric Volcanoes May Have Quickened Life on Earth," 9 Apr. 2018 Clarkson, a career 33 percent long distance shooter, going 3-of-4 is fool's gold. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers go back to their old, fun bombs-away style," 12 Feb. 2018 Is this an upgrade from the last season or a fool's gold? -- Masoud, Tucson, Ariz. A: The most important thing about the start of this season is to forget about the finish of last season. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Are Heat starting to find their formula?," 10 Dec. 2017

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Fool's gold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fool's gold

: a mineral that looks like gold

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