the goose that laid the golden eggs

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“The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs” definition

A story found in many forms in world literature. In one common version of the story, the owner of a goose finds that the goose can lay eggs of pure gold and cuts the goose open to find the gold inside her. The goose turns out to be like any other goose inside and, being dead, will lay no more golden eggs.

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