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Phrase: Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

Meaning: Spoil or ruin something beneficial or lucrative, such as a very profitable business.

Examples:
We have killed the goose that lays the golden eggs by not doing anything to convince her to stay with us. She was our best asset.
Quitting your permanent job is like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs because it will leave you with no income at all, and there is a lot of unemployment.
The privatisation of public companies entails killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.



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