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gold fever

greed and excitement caused by a gold rush.
Origin of gold fever
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • During my stay in Melbourne the gold-fever was at its height.

  • The gold-fever was hot in their blood; and they were deaf and blind to all but the digging man.

    The Cave of Gold Everett McNeil
  • Monday was the fifteenth day of the gold-fever; and, like most other fevers, it was then at its height.

  • In vain he tried to persuade his mates to follow suit, but the gold-fever had taken too strong a hold upon them.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • While he was doing this, he suddenly felt tug after tug on his line—frenzied pulls that woke him from his gold-fever instantly.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • Henry got the gold-fever back in '49, him and a lot of other young fellers, and nothin' would do but he must go to California.

    The Land of Long Ago Eliza Calvert Hall
  • We leave this very fantastic and unhealthy land—now smitten with gold-fever as well as other maladies—to-morrow.

  • While we were surveying at "New York of the Pacific," occurred one of those little events that showed the force of the gold-fever.

  • It will be remarked, that this somewhat unfavourable report is made at the end of the first six months of the gold-fever.

  • Such is the haste with which an idea is acted upon when the gold-fever has seized its victim.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis

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