pay dirt


Definition of pay dirt

1 : earth or ore that yields a profit to a miner
2 : a useful or remunerative discovery or object

Examples of pay dirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even after six years living in Madrid, scoring a free tapa with every drink still feels like hitting pay dirt to me. Benjamin Kemper, Bon Appétit, "My Only Holiday Plan Is Making My Own Mussels in Escabeche," 21 Dec. 2020 Both teams were unable to muster much offense in the second frame -- including taking multiple sacks on either side -- until Linden found pay dirt late in the half on a 35-yard passing touchdown from Williams to McIntosh. Evan Dudley, al, "Linden dominates Pickens County with 32-8 win in Class 1A title game," 4 Dec. 2020 In other states, however, the group appears to have struck pay dirt. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "66 winning lottery tickets. $6.3 million. What's up with Ivy League group's winning streak?," 11 Nov. 2020 Turning to the air for a comeback, senior Nathan Cikalo put away all hopes of a comeback with a 55-yard pick-six after jumping a route and sprinting to pay dirt. cleveland, "No. 5 Avon Lake imposes defensive will in 30-7 D-II, Region 6 triumph over Wadsworth," 17 Oct. 2020 Don’t be surprised if Elliott takes a short pass in the red zone to pay dirt after making Kiser or Reeder miss in the open field. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 bold predictions for Cowboys-Rams, including a big night for TE Blake Jarwin," 10 Sep. 2020 Gardendale found pay dirt on its next drive -- following a failed onside kick attempt by the Cougars -- as L.T Sanders broke loose for a 25-yard touchdown run. Evan Dudley, al, "Clay-Chalkville rolls to 38-17 win over Gardendale," 12 Sep. 2020 In fact, national championships hinge on how fast a miner finds seeded gold in pre-measured pay dirt. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become an Amateur Gold Miner," 27 Aug. 2020 This is, of course, following in the footsteps of the Halloween franchise, which hit pay dirt using the same formula in 2018. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Texan filmmaker takes over ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ sequel after original directors are ousted," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pay dirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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