the golden goose


: something that is a very good source of money or business
The city's leaders don't want to do anything that could kill the golden goose of tourism.

Examples of the golden goose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hopefully, the Economic Policy Center’s research will persuade political and civic leaders to stop taking the state’s economy for granted and reconsider policies that are strangling the golden goose. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 But the golden goose of any balikbayan box is Spam. Ashley Wong, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Of course government won’t want to scrap a tax even if the golden goose is wasting away. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Victor Wembanyama is the golden goose who could transform the franchise’s external perception overnight. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Nov. 2022 High taxes that slow growth kill the golden goose, as the example below shows. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 But in practice, embracing the golden goose too tightly might turn out to be the thing that kills it. WIRED, 13 Mar. 2023 By 2019, that figure reached 500,000 cruise passengers per year; but in 2020, the golden goose went down for the count due to COVID-19. Joe Sills, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 Speaking cliches, what‘s the golden goose of the economy? IEEE Spectrum, 18 May 2021

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“The golden goose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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