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A brassy yellow mineral that can be mistaken for gold, especially pyrites.
- ‘But the military establishment that Powell once led is of course stuffed to bursting with this fool's gold.’
- ‘This week's inviting opportunities could be genuinely gilt-edged - or fool's gold.’
- ‘And other financiers - especially those who didn't catch dotcom fever in the first place - are wary over the prospects of panning for fool's gold.’
- ‘Here is a kind of fool's gold which has made the creator rich.’
- ‘Those companies currently at the forefront may be offering the marketing equivalent of fool's gold.’
- ‘We used the money to barter, badly, for cheap Persian rugs, stale aftershaves and fool's gold.’
- ‘The latter mineral, a sulphide of iron, has a shiny metallic lustre and was often mistaken for gold itself: it is the infamous fool's gold.’
- ‘But both indicators, on closer inspection, are fool's gold.’
- ‘To team him up with Madden in an effort to create a so-called dream broadcasting booth is fool's gold.’
- ‘But remember, as Rumi said: There is fool's gold because there is real gold.’
- ‘When he and his family are forced to live across the border for a short time, Francisco steals a chunk of fool's gold.’
- ‘The cover story is on making money from weblogs - and whether it's genuinely possible or just fool's gold.’
- ‘They also know that explicit efforts to shut out imports are usually political fool's gold, more likely to bring defeat than victory at the polls.’
- ‘I hear all the time from readers who think they've struck gold with a cheap PC only to realize later that they're stuck with fool's gold.’
- ‘Lately, though, that gold has come to feel like fool's gold, at least in its attempt to compensate us for the sorrows it expresses.’
- ‘But beware lest you mistake fool's gold for the real thing.’
- ‘But they are not so much convenient cash as fool's gold.’
- ‘Miller's silver bullet quickly turned into fool's gold, and bit by bit she backed away from the story.’
- ‘The song makes fool's gold of genre-labeling; even a three-piece jug-band could make a melody like this sound stunning.’
- ‘Absent these advantages, like fool's gold, the book lacks the luster of authentic, polished scholarship.’
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