pay dirt

noun

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 The Ganders hit pay dirt their next series on an Ijenea Wooley pass to Elijah Partida for a 43-yard strike. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Sports Shorts: Dayton eliminated from playoff contention," 28 Oct. 2019 The numbers: Tee options from 6,554, 5,967 or 4,877 yards; par 72 The takeaway: The aesthetic pay dirt at Kahili, nestled in the West Maui Mountains, is views of two coasts and Haleakala soaring heavenward. Ken Van Vechten, Los Angeles Times, "Eight places to play golf in Hawaii for as little as $55 a round," 9 Oct. 2019 The Tigers hit pay dirt again minutes later when Lawrence went untouched on a read option for a one-yard score. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Clemson's Easy Win Over Syracuse Displays Massive Gap Between Tigers and Rest of ACC," 14 Sep. 2019 The Rockets would add another interception for a touchdown early in the second quarter from Gergye, who took it 33 yards to pay dirt, extending the Rockets’ lead, 19-8. Austin Opfer | Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Bay leads Elyria Catholic 26-8 in suspended high school football game that resumes Saturday at 2 p.m.," 13 Sep. 2019 Vernon Hargreaves just jumped that route and got the pay dirt pic.twitter.com/y82cuuj9qj How sloppy were the game’s opening 30 minutes? Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Jimmy vs. Jameis: Who won quarterback battle in Tampa Bay?," 8 Sep. 2019 Colorado finally hit pay dirt toward the end of the third quarter, as Jaren Mangham ran in from 11 yards to set up a wild fourth quarter. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Nebraska Hype Train Cools as Huskers Stunned by Colorado Comeback," 7 Sep. 2019 His longest touchdown came on a 93-yard jaunt to the end zone after catching a quick pass, getting a key block from a fellow receiver and outrunning the entire Bartlett defense to pay dirt. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "West quarterback has a hand in six touchdowns to lead Eagles past Bartlett," 7 Sep. 2019 The speedy receiver was wide-open after beating his defender off the press and outran the entire Akron defense on the way to pay dirt. Evan Dudley, al, "Quarter-by-quarter look at UAB’s 31-20 road victory over Akron," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pay dirt was in 1853

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