The discoverers of pay-dirt as a rule had to return for supplies to some commercial center.
In the meantime Angela washed the pay-dirt and placed the residue in a handkerchief.
There was twelve feet of top-stripping to be removed before we could hope to reach the pay-dirt.
Hill diggings are those where the pay-dirt is in or under a hill.
The pay-dirt was all worked out; the pasturage was cropped; the dry sage was all gathered and burned.
Hitherto these men had been accustomed to the slow process of washing “pay-dirt.”
All the winter "pay-dirt" is thus excavated and stored; in the summer when the streams run the gold is sluiced out.
These keen-eyed men with eager talk of claims and pay-dirt could not help me.
This is called by the miners "pay-dirt," and to remove it to the surface and wash it is the end of mining.
They keep right on in this slow and tedious way, until finally the pay-dirt is reached.
Profit and success: I'll try a fast-food franchise, where there's sure to be paydirt
[1873+; in the sense ''richly yielding ore,'' found by 1856]