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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
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for paydirt

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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Word Origin and History for paydirt

also pay dirt, "profit, success," 1873, from pay (n.) + dirt (n.); a word from mining, where it was used in a literal sense from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for paydirt

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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