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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With a preternatural sense of pay dirt, Mr. Trump has stuck with the wall ever since. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Beyond MAGA Hats," 23 Jan. 2019 Starting in 2004, lured by political optimism and the promise of pay dirt, more than 100 such operations set up shop at an inter-Korean business park just north of the countries’ shared border. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Entrepreneurs Weigh a Return to North Korea," 27 Nov. 2018 The Astros’ and Cubs’ transformation from bottom-dwellers to World Series champions romanticizes the approach, but there are plenty of other teams that failed to hit pay dirt. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Like it or not, the Mariners had to trade James Paxton," 19 Nov. 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. 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

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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