from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A golden image of a sacrificial calf fashioned by Aaron and worshiped by the Israelites.
- n. Money as an object of worship; mammon.
- n. The subject of intense veneration: "Arms control . . . has evolved [into] the golden calf of liberalism” ( Patrick J. Buchanan).
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- n. A golden image of a calf, made by Aaron and worshipped by the Israelites.
- n. Money as an end in itself; mammon.
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- n. (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
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A companion of this Marshal's told the people that “the Scripture was their golden calf and they danced round it.”