One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A fairy-tale heroine who enters the house of the Three Bears and declares the possessions of Baby Bear to be ‘just right’, as compared to those of Father Bear and Mother Bear.
- 1.1as modifier Denoting or referring to the most desirable or advantageous part of a range of values or conditions (typically the centre)‘the planet is in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone: a place that's not too hot and not too cold’‘he promises us a return to the Goldilocks economy—not too much deflation, not too much inflation’
- ‘Only in Goldilocks universes like ours where things have fallen out just right, purely by accident, will sentient beings arise to be amazed at how ingeniously bio-friendly their universe is.’
- ‘Even if a terrestrial planet does exist in the Goldilocks zone it would be peppered with asteroid impacts.’
- ‘Many investors were hoping for the Goldilocks scenario of just enough growth to sustain earning but not enough to stir inflation.’
- ‘Earth is sometimes called the Goldilocks planet: it is not too warm, not too cold, not too big and not too small for life to survive on it.’
- ‘As the planet lies within the Goldilocks zone, the presence of atmospheric organic compounds and the Earth-like mass raise exciting possibilities for life on this planet.’
- ‘The Financial Times even held out the prospect that for the US there could be a return to the "Goldilocks economy" - that period in the late 1990s when it was claimed growth was "just right".’
- ‘With this show, DeGeneres has found the Goldilocks zone: not too sweet, not too sharp, but just right.’
- ‘In the investing world, a Goldilocks economy is an economy served up just how Goldilocks likes her porridge.’
- ‘The current downturn had been preceded by the rapid expansion of the US economy at the end of the 1990s amid claims that it had overcome the operation of the business cycle - the so-called Goldilocks scenario in which the US economy was neither too hot nor too cold.’
- ‘"This report offers more evidence that there's a Goldilocks zone for optimal human weight starting at birth," said Weissmann.’
- ‘DeKaser said that the economy was currently in the "Goldilocks zone - not too hot and not too cold," giving the central bank the latitude to continue hiking rates at a gradual pace.’
- ‘Poland is as close as you can get to a stable Goldilocks economy, in our view - downside risks are certainly present but contained and it is very difficult still to see how they could lead to a recession.’
- ‘The habitable or "Goldilocks zone", as it is sometimes called, because it's neither too hot nor too cold, occupies a narrow band of our own solar system of less than 1% of the distance from the sun to the outer edges.’
- ‘Situated in the right orbit so they are not too hot and not too cold, so called "Goldilocks planets" stand a good chance of having liquid water on their surface, perhaps even life.’
- 1.1as modifier Denoting or referring to the most desirable or advantageous part of a range of values or conditions (typically the centre)
2A Eurasian woodland buttercup.
Ranunculus auricomus, family Ranunculaceae
3A yellow-flowered European plant of the daisy family, resembling the Michaelmas daisy.
Aster linosyris, family Compositae
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