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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).
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Origin of pay dirt
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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British Dictionary definitions for pay dirt
a deposit rich enough in minerals to be worth mining
strike pay dirt or hit pay dirt informal to achieve one's objective
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