pay dirt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pay dirt a profitable success "the inventor worked for years before hitting pay dirt"
    • n pay dirt ore that yields a substantial profit to the miner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pay dirt a discovery, especially after an exploratory process, which yields a profit or sought-after benefit; -- used especially in the phrase “to hit pay dirt”.
    • Pay dirt (Mining) earth which yields a profit to the miner.
    • Pay dirt (Mining) Earth, rock, etc., which yields a profit to the miner.
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Usage

In literature:

And I'm the buckaroo that has struck a mighty rich streak of pay dirt in life, Wilhemina.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Leastwise, I see several signs of pay dirt this afternoon an' evenin' as I reckon Sandy done the same.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Then, too, as you know we have struck considerable paying dirt of late.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Sometimes this "pay dirt" would be found atop the ground.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Tell us when you strike pay dirt, that's a good fellow, Jack.
"Jack Winters' Baseball Team" by Mark Overton
Last night I was doin' a little prospectin' and I came up with pay dirt.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Not a day goes by that she don't pay you dirt, but you keep on trusting her just the same.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
I fertilize my trees with timber dirt, and think it pays.
"The Apple" by Various
The pile o' pay dirt had to be left till the spring thaws for cleanin' up.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Just struck pay dirt to-day.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
You must 'a' struck pay-dirt in your sardine-mine, ma.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
And to borrow and not pay was mean as dirt, besides being wicked.
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
Pay dirt's badly broken up, but we'll fix things different when we strike it fair.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
But when we found these, we knew we'd hit pay-dirt.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
It don't pay to let papers spoil jest 'cause there's a little dirt on 'em.
"Teddy and Carrots" by James Otis
Its foundations rest upon gold bearing earth, and even now in digging cellars, quite in the town, pay dirt is found.
"A Summer's Outing" by Carter H. Harrison
Their money is paying for every shovelful of dirt we move, and every inch of levee-work.
"The Hallowell Partnership" by Katharine Holland Brown
I think there is some chance of its proving 'pay dirt.
"Mary Lee the Red Cross Girl" by Helen Hart
His pay dirt while being washed averaged $250 an hour to each man shoveling in.
"Golden Alaska" by Ernest Ingersoll
The ancient diggings are still to be seen, but the "pay dirt" is of such a low grade that it is not worth while to work it.
"The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines" by Isabel Anderson
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In news:

Ever thought you would pay good money for dirt.
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Hackers hit pay dirt in "underwear run" Dojo backers strip down to raise money for building upgrades.
How Clinton hit pay dirt.
MTV's 'Buckwild' hits pay dirt with Sen Joe Manchin's angry letter.
Simpson's huge payday still ranks her well behind other celebrities who hit premium pay dirt with their progenies.
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