Definition of gold dust in English:

gold dust


mass noun
  • 1Fine particles of gold.

    • ‘The myth of El Dorado grew out of stories about the rituals of an Andean tribe, whose chief was anointed with gold dust - hence the name El Dorado, or golden man.’
    • ‘Thin gold earrings hung from her ears and her eyes looked as though she'd sparkled gold dust over them, then outstaged by black dramatic lashes.’
    • ‘He did offer patients who suffered from heart attacks an expensive cure that involved gold dust in a powder made from pearls, but he advised his colleagues to try to avoid hopeless cases as a matter of principle.’
    • ‘Freshly minted gold coins still flecked with gold dust filled the wooden chest to the brim.’
    • ‘It was with a heavy heart - and a sour face - that Lord Latimer dumped a heavy bag of gold dust, which was worth one thousand sterling pounds, in the hands of one Gerard Wrington.’
    • ‘Miners and merchants were leaving for ‘the States’ in large numbers in fall 1863, laden with gold dust they had amassed during the spring and summer.’
    • ‘In the living room, I traced the gilded edges of the tables and chairs carefully, hoping gold dust would cling to my fingers.’
    • ‘Even sacks of gold dust might be used for exchange in mining towns.’
    • ‘The final chapter in Ransom's colorful career was to prospect for gold in Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of Argentina, where miners bound for the gold rush in California had discovered gold dust.’
    • ‘Mixed in the gold dust was a white metal, which the miners called platina because it resembled silver.’
    • ‘Pieces of such size have long since been collected, although very finely divided gold dust still exists in a number of locations.’
    • ‘Her maids had curled her hair and powdered it with gold dust, and were finishing an application of painted patches to her face.’
    • ‘They were on a two year journey, buying Cornish Tin, Spanish silver and Saharan gold dust in the secret markets of the Far West that only they knew.’
    • ‘I wondered what that gold dust was on my back for.’
    • ‘Is this true, that she demanded that Max Factor sprinkle half an ounce of real gold dust into her wigs to add glitter?’
    • ‘Ysanne took the bottle from him carefully, as if it was full of gold dust or some other valuable.’
    • ‘Garnish with rose petals and gold dust to complete the decadent look of this beautiful red and white dessert, a perfect way to end off the romantic meal.’
    • ‘To portray the area she comes from, the dress will be black with gold overlay to mimic our history of miners searching for gold dust in black sand.’
    • ‘The lively exchange of gold dust for goods proved profitable, and within a year he established the basis of his fortune - the bank of D. O. Mills and Company.’
    • ‘One camel could pack in hundreds of pounds of flour and pack out nail kegs filled with thousands of dollars in gold dust.’
    1. 1.1British A thing that is difficult to find or obtain.
      ‘council nursery places are like gold dust’
      • ‘‘Normally tickets for the show are like gold dust,’ said the puzzled presenter.’
      • ‘They are Britain's hidden army of the unemployed, and they tend to live in those parts of the country where manufacturing jobs were once plentiful but are now like gold dust.’
      • ‘Obviously they are very, very popular and like gold dust, so this sort of promotion is a massive gift to our customers.’
      • ‘They are physically excellent and I'm thoroughly looking forward to Sunday's game against England - and I'm glad to have got tickets because they will be like gold dust.’
      • ‘Lawton is sure to impress the crowds with his new material, and if his last tour is anything to go by, tickets will be like gold dust.’
      • ‘Land's like gold dust in Eastbourne and there's plenty they could do with it in Swanley.’
      • ‘It didn't look like much, but if it'd get me my car back it was like gold dust to me right now.’
      • ‘The anticipation is quite unlike anything that has gone before and tickets for the final will be like gold dust.’
      • ‘We all know that good sales people are like gold dust and you certainly will not find enough to flood the market with them.’
      • ‘Spring lambs are the flavour of the week and are turning out to be like gold dust.’
      • ‘I figured that since passes were like gold dust I was going to keep mine in a safe place, which was in my video bag with my camera.’
      • ‘Demand for Layer Cake has gone crazy, but actual copies of the book are like gold dust.’
      • ‘By 1945 consultant physician posts were like gold dust.’
      • ‘Also avoid the Hungarian Grand Prix when available rooms are like gold dust and you'll need a bar of the stuff if you're lucky enough to find one.’
      • ‘In Gibraltar, I would take the opportunity to buy bananas and chocolate which were plentiful there but very welcome at home where they were like gold dust.’
      • ‘Charity Golden Bond places are like gold dust now, with only a few left, so this could be your only remaining chance to get a place in this year's race.’
      • ‘I've got my plane ticket and my hotel reservation (although sadly, no ticket for the final itself - they were like gold dust this year) - and now I can hardly wait.’
      • ‘Our volunteers are like gold dust to Cancer Care we can't manage without them.’
      • ‘Shelf-stacking jobs were starting to look very good, but they were like gold dust.’
      • ‘‘We are still in a pretty good position in the league and getting three points away from home is like gold dust in the Premier League,’ he said.’
      scarce, in great demand, at a premium, hard to come by, in short supply, thin on the ground, few and far between, not to be had, rare, rare as hen's teeth, scarce as hen's teeth
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  • 2A cultivated evergreen alyssum, with grey-green leaves and numerous small yellow flowers.

    Alyssum saxatile, family Cruciferae


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