pay dirt

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  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

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for pay dirt

pay dirt

  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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