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

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Yahalom-Mack’s team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Washington Post, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Yahalom-Mack's team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Fox News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Yahalom-Mack's team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Fox News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Then Tuello offers up the pay dirt: a biological baby of her own. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 Yahalom-Mack's team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Fox News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Yahalom-Mack’s team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Washington Post, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Yahalom-Mack's team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Fox News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Yahalom-Mack’s team was digging through the floor of a massive Iron Age structure in the summer of 2017 when a volunteer who arrived for the day struck pay dirt. Washington Post, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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