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Midas

Syllabification: Mi·das
Pronunciation: /ˈmīdəs
 
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Greek Mythology

Definition of Midas in English:

A king of Phrygia, who, according to one story, was given by Dionysus the power of turning everything he touched into gold.

Phrases

the Midas touch

1
The ability to make money out of anything one undertakes.
Example sentences
  • With these rich historical connections and the ‘yet-to-explore’ tourist destinations, Malabar is still waiting for the Midas touch from the tourism industry.
  • The man who went into Canadian metal mining and found diamonds, who invested in Irish property before the Dublin boom and who bought into five gold mines before the price of gold took off last year, certainly seems to have had the Midas touch.
  • For Goodwin, hitherto regarded as banking's golden boy, this was a reminder that he does not possess the Midas touch and that investors can be an uncompromising, if sometimes ungrateful lot.

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