An allusion to the gold medal, the highest prize in many major competitive events, especially in the Olympic Games.
go for the gold
- (idiomatic) To attempt to achieve the maximum reward or result in an endeavor.
1993, Nora Roberts, Honest Illusions, ISBN 9780515110975, page 439:
- Deciding to go for the gold, he leaned close to Luke's ear and whispered, "Can you tell Mama I should have a dog? A really big dog?"
- 2007, "Eco-friendly Napa Valley hotel caters to conscientious travelers," USA Today, 3 Jan. (retrieved 20 July 2009):
- The 132-room Gaia Napa Valley Hotel wants to go for the gold, making it the highest-rated hotel in the state and the nation.