Definition of gold–dig

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to extract money or gifts from by coaxing or flattery why did you coax him, tease him, gold-dig him — Sinclair Lewis

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to extract money or gifts from men by coaxing or flattery she went with him wherever he wanted to go, and she never tried to maneuver him or gold-dig — Ann Chidester

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Origin and Etymology of gold–dig

back-formation from gold digger

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a trip made at another's expense

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