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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.
1920-25, Americanism
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gold-star, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • There will be a sticker on the upper right corner designating the branch of service or gold star parent.
  • The promise of a gold star can get grade school students to read more and even take on extra-credit projects.
  • Each time you complete an activity on your list, mark it with a gold star.
  • Almost any government that brought stability has to be given a gold star.
  • People verifying will get a gold star on the license.

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