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Aug 5, 2005
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Biblical allusions

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golden calf

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golden calf

golden calf (GOL-den KAHF) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun: Something unworthy that is excessively esteemed, especially money.

In the biblical story Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments only to find Israelites worshiping a calf made of gold.

"In an increasingly hi-tech, global market, convenience has become the golden calf. Consumers expect year-round savings and availability." Erin Ryan; Good News For the Little Guy; Boise Weekly (Idaho); Jun 30, 2005.

See more usage examples of golden calf in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.


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