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Kill the goose that lays golden eggs


Ruin the source of profit. ‘Golden goose’ is reference to the old fairy tale of a goose that laid golden eggs, so if you kill it off, you no longer  have a source of gold. Typically, used in reference to an idea or project that would end the status quo. (Compare to Throw a wrench into the machinery or  Torpedo.)

“If you sell that part of our business, you will be killing the goose that lays golden eggs.”

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