pay dirt

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noun
  1. soil, gravel, or ore that can be mined profitably.

  2. Informal. any source of success or wealth; a fortunate discovery or profitable venture: After months of experimentation, the scientists finally hit pay dirt.

  1. Football. end zone (def. 1).

Origin of pay dirt

1
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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How to use pay dirt in a sentence

  • He was back with the same offer in 2007, and again his investigator struck pay dirt.

  • They were down some forty feet and were drifting in, wheeling the pay-dirt down a series of planks placed on trestles to the dump.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • In the morning our fire would be burned out, and enough pay-dirt thawed to keep us picking all day.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • As the night was chilly I had brought along an old grey blanket, similar in colour to the mound of the pay-dirt.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • So far we hadn't got pay-dirt, but their mining manager wanted us to drift in a little further.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • Every hour for us meant so much more of that precious pay-dirt that lay under the frozen surface.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for pay dirt

pay dirt

noun
  1. a deposit rich enough in minerals to be worth mining

  2. strike pay dirt or hit pay dirt informal to achieve one's objective

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