Fool’s gold

Term

Fool’s gold

Definition

An idiom used to refer to something that looks valuable but is actually worthless.

Examples

He thought the watch he found was valuable, but it was just fool’s gold

She thought she was getting a promotion, but it was just fool’s gold

Origin

Believed to date back to the 19th century when prospectors would mistakenly believe they had discovered gold when it was actually just a type of iron pyrite known as ‘fool’s gold’.

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