from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feverish desire to search for gold.


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  • I'd also heard Michael Badnarik mention the same thing a while ago, though his gold-fever sounded a bit nutty, as did his other aversions to licensing of any sort.


  • That's not to say they won't settle down into an important role, but the gold-fever mentality how many zeros is Facebook worth today?

    In the Battle of the Platforms, Openness Decides

  • The population, in whose veins the gold-fever still burned, plunged by wholesale into the new hazard; and under the wooden verandahs of

    Australia Felix

  • I daresay it was nothing to what it must have looked like a year or two later, when the gold-fever was at its height and half Europe came pouring to America in search of fortune.

    Flashman and The Redskins

  • It was well that this news reached California at that critical time; for so contagious had become the "gold-fever" that everybody was bound to go and try his fortune, and the volunteer regiment of

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • Toward the close of June, 1848, the gold-fever being at its height, by Colonel Mason's orders I made preparations for his trip to the newly-discovered gold-mines at Sutter's Fort.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • While we were surveying at "New York of the Pacific," occurred one of those little events that showed the force of the gold-fever.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • Australia which our fathers thought of chiefly as a kind of far-off rubbish-heap where they could fling out the human garbage of England, to rot or redeem itself as it might, well out of the way of society's fastidious nostril, and which to our childhood was chiefly associated with the wild gold-fever and the wreck and ruin which that fever too often wrought.

    Great Britain and Her Queen

  • Then began a wild excitement known as the "gold-fever," and men left their stores and houses, gave up business, and left crops ungathered in a wild chase after nuggets of gold.

    Stories of California

  • There is a wild clatter of hoofs, a chorus of strange and varied voices swelling out in a wild mountain song, and up through the very heart of the diminutive city, where the gold-fever has dropped a few sanguine souls, dash a cavalcade of masked horsemen, attired in the picturesque garb of the mountaineer, and mounted on animals of superior speed and endurance.

    Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road or, The Black Rider of the Black Hills


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