Gold digger
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British pronunciation/ɡˈəʊld dˈɪɡə/
American pronunciation/ɡˈoʊld dˈɪɡɚ/
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a person, typically a woman, who enters into a romantic relationship with someone solely for financial gain

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What is the origin of the idiom "gold digger" and when to use it?

The phrase is thought to have originated in the 19th century, when it was used to describe women who were attracted to wealthy men for their financial status. It derives from the literal sense of digging for gold, where individuals would search for valuable minerals in the hope of acquiring wealth. This idiom is used to describe someone, typically a woman, who pursues a romantic relationship primarily for financial gain. It implies that the person is more interested in the wealth and material possessions of their partner than in genuine love or emotional connection.

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a miner who digs or pans for gold in a gold field

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John's family had concerns about his fiancée, suspecting she might be a gold digger who was after his inheritance.
Charlotte's friends warned her about the guy she was dating, saying he had a reputation for dating wealthy women and being a gold digger.
Wealthy bachelor Jimmy Norton, engaged to a gold digger, lies his way out of a speeding ticket by claiming to be on his way to visit his daughter at the Children's Hospital.
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