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Golden parachute

Generous severance agreement in the event of enforced dismissal resulting from a merger or takeover dates from the late 1970s, thought to have been fi...

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Golden rule

There are golden or fundamental rules in all sorts of endeavours that should never be broken or so the saying goes. Luke 6:31 is often cited as the go...

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Golden touch

see Midas touch


Coined by Florence Upton (1873-1922) an American-born illustrator and writer of children’s books living in London. In 1895, her book The Adventures of...

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Mild expression of surprise, American, dates from the mid-19th century and derives from a euphemism for God. It is also a British word, short for goll...

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Gone fishing

American expression from the 1940s meaning unavailable, made popular by the duet sung by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in the song Gone Fishing (195...

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Gone for a Burton

This was originally RAF slang for dead or presumed dead and dates from c. 1940. No one is quite sure of the origin. A Google search for its origin wil...

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Gone phut

Gone phut means broken or not working and is an Anglo-Indian expression that dates from the late 19th century, deriving from the Hindi phatna meaning...

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Gone south

see Go south

Gone to pot

Ruined, destroyed or in a very bad condition dates from the 1600s when anything that went into the pot for cooking had been cut to pieces and had met...

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Gone to see a man about a dog

see See a man about a dog

Gone to the dogs

If something has gone to the dogs, it is worthless. It has nothing whatsoever to do with dog racing, although sometimes this explanation is offered by...

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Gone viral

see Viral

Gone west

This figurative expression meaning to die or perish has been around since The Middle Ages and the most favoured origin is the symbolism provided by th...

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Gone with the Wind

This was the title of course of one of the most famous movies of all time made in 1939 after Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name published in 1...

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