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 Both teams traded three-and-outs on the next two possessions and found little success afterward until Marshall found pay dirt near the end of the half. Evan Dudley, al, 14 Nov. 2021 On their return to Manchester, the Ting Tings decided to give music another shot and hit pay dirt almost immediately. Mike Wass, Variety, 14 Feb. 2022 The need to protect network security is certainly urgent; every day that passes without an effective solution is another day of opportunity for attackers to hit pay dirt. Carlos Morales, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 First, the Hugh Jackman miracle (which opened with $8.8 million over Fri-Sun and $13.5 million over Wed-Sun) bled right into Christmas and hit pay dirt when kids were out of school and adults were mostly off work during the holidays. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 That stop led to Boone junior Exavian Westbrook finding pay dirt on a 46-yard run on Boone’s first offensive possession. Dominique Smith, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Nov. 2021 Two plays later O’Brien hit Elijah Burns over the middle and the wide receiver broke a tackle and sprinted 81 yards to pay dirt. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 The senior helped christen a new turf field at Alumni Stadium by taking four of his five carries to pay dirt, finishing with 85 rushing yards in a 42-7 South Coast win over Bourne. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2021 Credell, who scored all three Aberdeen touchdowns, ran 65 yards to pay dirt with the Eagles’ first snap. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pay dirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pay%20dirt. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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