hit/strike pay dirt

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hit/strike pay dirt

chiefly US, informal
: to do, find, or get something that results in money or success
  • The band hit pay dirt with their first single.
  • The police struck pay dirt when a witness came forward with new information.

Word by Word Definitions

hit play
  1. : to reach with or as if with a sudden blow

  2. : to come in quick forceful contact with

  3. : to strike (something, such as a ball) with an object (such as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. : an act or instance of striking or forcefully coming in contact with someone or something : an act or instance of hitting or being hit

  2. : a stroke of luck

  3. : a great success

strike play
  1. : to take a course : go

  2. : to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)

  3. : to arrive with detrimental effect

  1. : a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)

  2. : an act or instance of striking

  3. : a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer

pay play
  1. : to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered

  2. : to engage for money : hire

  3. : to give in return for goods or service

  1. : something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage : remuneration

  2. : the act or fact of paying or being paid

  3. : the status of being paid by an employer : employ

  1. : containing or leading to something precious or valuable

  2. : equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use

  3. : requiring payment

  1. : to coat with a waterproof composition

dirt play
  1. : excrement

  2. : a filthy or soiling substance (such as mud, dust, or grime)

  3. : something worthless


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