gold dust


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gold dust

n
1. (Mining & Quarrying) gold in the form of small particles or powder, as found in placer-mining
2. a valuable or rare thing: tickets for this match are gold dust.
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Noun1.gold dust - the particles and flakes (and sometimes small nuggets) of gold obtained in placer mininggold dust - the particles and flakes (and sometimes small nuggets) of gold obtained in placer mining
atomic number 79, Au, gold - a soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element; occurs mainly as nuggets in rocks and alluvial deposits; does not react with most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia
Translations

gold dust

npolvere f d'oro
good jobs are like gold dust these days → un buon lavoro è una rarità al giorno d'oggi
References in classic literature ?
And now, in the blooming summer days, behold Mr and Mrs Boffin established in the eminently aristocratic family mansion, and behold all manner of crawling, creeping, fluttering, and buzzing creatures, attracted by the gold dust of the Golden Dustman!
Tradesmen's books hunger, and tradesmen's mouths water, for the gold dust of the Golden Dustman.
Oh the varieties of dust for ocular use, offered in exchange for the gold dust of the Golden Dustman
Mate," he was saying, "it's because I thinks gold dust of you--gold dust, and you may lay to that
He was exhibited as "the Fighting Wolf," and men paid fifty cents in gold dust to see him.
The prince uncovered one after another, and found them all filled with gold dust.
Now you must take fifty jars, fill each half full of gold dust and fill them up with the olives.
As he could not well cultivate the garden by himself, he engaged a lad to help him, and to secure the rest of the treasure he put the remaining gold dust into fifty more jars, filling them up with olives so as to have them ready for transport.
She had even been in Klondike, ten years before, in a half-dozen flashing sentences picturing the fur-clad, be-moccasined miners sowing the barroom floors with thousands of dollars' worth of gold dust.
Not valuing now the root whence it sprang; having found that it was of a sort which nothing but gold dust could manure, I have but half a liking to the blossom, especially when it looks so artificial as just now.
I never knew a quiet moment until I had sold two-thirds of my diamonds in London or Amsterdam, and held the value of my gold dust in a negotiable shape.
So saying, he slammed a sack of gold dust of the size of a bologna sausage down upon the bar.