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gold star

noun
1.
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.
2.
Informal.
  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.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism
Related forms
gold-star, adjective
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