gold fever

noun
greed and excitement caused by a gold rush.

Origin:
1840–50

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Example sentences
Hike up in the hills and you practically stumble on tunnels abandoned during
  the gold fever search for big-ger and better.
Hike up in the hills and you practically stumble on tunnels abandoned during
  the gold fever search for bigger and better.
She enters a rough-and-tumble world whose newly arrived inhabitants are driven
  mad by gold fever.
It is one of the earliest dated guides and it was designed to take advantage of
  the gold fever sweeping the continent.
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