Definition of kill the goose that lays the golden egg in US English:

kill the goose that lays the golden egg

phrase

  • Destroy a reliable and valuable source of income.

    • ‘What I would say to the greedy inhabitants of Haworth and any other place which relies on tourists for their bread and butter, is to take care that you don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.’
    • ‘Boy oh boy, you guys sure know how to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs!’
    • ‘But what the market makers truly don't seem to understand is that neither people nor markets can be controlled for long, and with every well-intentioned stabilization exercise, they risk killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.’
    • ‘Why would the United States want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, our sense of security in our property rights?’
    • ‘The important thing today is not the redistribution of the national wealth, but its creation; here Socialism is killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.’
    • ‘So long as they see capital as the source of jobs, the source of wealth, the source of all progress, then their answer will be that they don't want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.’
    • ‘Non-cricketing sports in India would go to any lengths for such coverage, and here he is killing the goose that lays the golden eggs!’
    • ‘By outsourcing American jobs, American companies are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, the American consumer.’
    • ‘No point in killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, is there?’
    • ‘Therefore, as McCormick warns, we should take great care that regulations in the name of global warming ‘not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.’’