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gold mine, a

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gold mine, a

noun phrase

A fortunate or unexpected source of great wealth: I didn't think much of the book, but the royalties have been a gold mine

[1882+; a somewhat ambiguous use in 1664 probably refers to an actual gold mine]

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