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gold digger

noun
1.
a person who seeks or digs for gold in a gold field.
2.
Informal. a woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain.
Origin of gold digger
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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  • I should think a gold digger's life is very much like a gambler's.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • “I reckon he knew whom he was shooting at,” answered the gold digger.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska Frank Gee Patchin
  • “Thank you,” said the gold digger, getting up slowly and strolling forward.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska Frank Gee Patchin
  • A Californian gold digger having become rich, desired a friend to procure for him a library of books.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • “I reckon you ought to know better than to ask it,” returned the gold digger.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska Frank Gee Patchin
Word Origin and History for gold digger
n.

also gold-digger, "woman who pursues men for their money," first recorded 1915. Literal sense attested from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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