gold mine


Definition of gold mine

: a rich source of something desired

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Examples of gold mine in a Sentence

The library is a gold mine of information. the estate sale promises to be a gold mine for antique dealers

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The small village of Gondo, high in the Alps on the Simplon Pass between Switzerland and Italy, traces its origins to the 17th-century gold mines of Kaspar Stockalper. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines," 9 July 2019 The seemingly endless real footage of politicians speaking on YouTube, including US presidential candidates, is a gold mine for anyone considering using this type of AI for election meddling. Rachel Metz, CNN, "The fight to stay ahead of deepfake videos before the 2020 US election," 12 June 2019 The experiment in the gold mines of South Dakota is called LUX-ZEPLIN, or LZ for short. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Physicists Are Building a Dark Matter Experiment in an Abandoned Gold Mine," 9 Mar. 2017 Both the waters of the gold mine and the seafloor sediment off Catalina are mineral-rich, oxygen-poor environments home to a strange class of microbe — the kind that eat metals to get electrons. Quanta Magazine, "How to Grow Metal-Eating Microbes," 21 June 2016 In the film, three bandits try to force Cooper to hand over the map to a gold mine. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Artur Brauner, Holocaust Survivor and German Film Producer, Dies at 100," 7 July 2019 In the last decade, mainstream publishers and studios have found a figurative gold mine in audio fiction. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The US Army has released its first audiobooks," 5 July 2019 In one Nevada case, a group of new hires was touring a gold mine in late 2017. Mark Olalde,, "Backup cameras would save miners' lives. So why are mines fighting against using them?," 26 June 2019 Peru had been a mining center since colonial times, and so guerrillas raided coal, copper, and gold mines for dynamite. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of gold mine

1637, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gold mine

: a place where gold is dug from the ground : a mine that produces gold
: something that has or produces a lot of something desired (such as money)

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