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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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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