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pay dirt

soil, gravel, or ore that can be mined profitably.
Informal. any source of success or wealth; a fortunate discovery or profitable venture:
After months of experimentation, the scientists finally hit pay dirt.
Football. end zone (def 1).
Origin of pay dirt
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pay dirt
  • They want to find artifacts that tell stories about what happened on that land a long time ago, and they're striking pay dirt.
  • He has been studying many possible growth factors and has struck pay dirt with two of them.
  • Only two days into the expedition, the team hits pay dirt.
  • After all, the main pay dirt won't be found by studying small populations but by understanding the larger groups around the globe.
  • Still, it's easy to see why this cheerfully dopey film has struck pay dirt.
  • If the claim is true, the reader has struck pay dirt.
  • What they found was scientific pay dirt that continues to yield dividends.
  • During the summer expedition, gold was discovered, and accompanying journalists quickly sent word back east of pay dirt.
  • Many of them enjoyed the lifestyle and solitude more than they profited in pay dirt.
  • The terms pay streak, pay dirt and pay gravel refer to the zone where the economic concentration of gold is located.
British Dictionary definitions for pay dirt

pay dirt

a deposit rich enough in minerals to be worth mining
(informal) strike pay dirt, hit pay dirt, to achieve one's objective
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Slang definitions & phrases for pay dirt

pay dirt

noun phrase

Profit and success: I'll try a fast-food franchise, where there's sure to be paydirt

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hit pay dirt

[1873+; in the sense ''richly yielding ore,'' found by 1856]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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