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gold dust

gold in fine particles.
Origin of gold dust
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Why, ma'am, I made ten thousand pounds by selling the beastliest lemonade you ever tasted for gold-dust at the mines.

  • I shall be stiff with gold-dust and diamonds; a doll marrying a doll's bed-gown.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • A large thumb to take a large pinch of the gold-dust meant a good many extra dollars to the storekeeper in '48 and '49.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • This attempt at defence and escape was really for the sake of the gold-dust he had in his pocket.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • A dozen fresh eggs cost ten dollars, and a box of sardines half an ounce of gold-dust, which was eight dollars.

    Stories of California Ella M. Sexton
  • We'll take all this fellow's gold-dust, and he can't help himself.

    Ben's Nugget Horatio, Jr. Alger
  • Then we separated, some to get out the gold-dust, others to seize the saynoreetas.

  • The locker lids are forced, and the boxes of gold-dust dragged out.

  • He'll be gettin' fat and strong on the juicy grass, whilst you're a-heavin' out the gold-dust.

  • And even now the sands of Pactolus glitter with grains of gold-dust.

British Dictionary definitions for gold-dust

gold dust

gold in the form of small particles or powder, as found in placer-mining
a valuable or rare thing: tickets for this match are gold dust
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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