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gold star

a gold-colored star displayed, as on a service flag, to indicate that a member of one's family, organization, or the like, was killed in war as a member of the armed forces.
  1. symbolic approval or recognition for outstanding merit or effort:
    You get the gold star for cooking such a gourmet dinner.
  2. anything that represents an outstanding effort or achievement:
    Her promotion was the gold star she'd been working for.
Origin of gold star
1920-25, Americanism
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gold-star, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You took the star from Rouzet's coat after he was dead you say, are you sure it was a gold star you took?

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • The gold star that was pasted on where the sticks crossed was just on a level with his eyes.

    The Counterpane Fairy Katharine Pyle
  • The gold star, the Christmas greens, had all the more attraction from their vagueness.

  • She turned slightly, looking at him from beneath the gold star.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • Neither was there a servant in a purple turban with the gold star to meet them and they were bewildered and lost.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • There were the flowers glowing in beautiful colours, and the gold star and the gold A, admirably executed.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • I live and die a daughter of Cuba, the gold star on my brow, the three colours painted on my heart.

    Rita Laura E. Richards

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