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mother lode

or motherlode

[muhth-er-lohd] /ˈmʌð ərˌloʊd/
Mining. a rich or important lode.
a major or profitable source or supply:
New York City is a mother lode of actors.
Origin of mother lode
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The richest bonanza that the "mother lode" ever yielded he struck.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • He starts from the placer fields to search for the mother lode.

    The Mystic Mid-Region Arthur J. Burdick
  • It is hence not improbable that the “mother lode” will some day be found there.

  • Steve shouted down to me that the slip had uncovered the mother lode.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • She had found the mother lode that the Indian girl had told of.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
  • But I can bring up the grub, while you keep after that mother lode.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Briefly Ted related the story told by Singing Bird about the gold in the river, and how her father found the mother lode.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
  • "Me, too," said Kit, and the other boys raised a shout for the mother lode and the excitement of finding gold.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for mother lode

mother lode

(mining) the principal lode in a system
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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