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 The bin-digging experience isn’t only about being pushy and hitting pay dirt, despite the perpetual Black Friday feel. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2021 Westbrook Christian finally found pay dirt in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring on a balk by a Chauncey and a fielder’s choice RBI that brought Cole Patterson home for the run. Evan Dudley, al, 18 May 2021 In 2020, millions of jobs evaporated overnight, but hucksters hit pay dirt. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, 6 May 2021 These were mostly tailings and very little pay dirt. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Both teams hit scoring droughts of more than three minutes before finding pay dirt once more and slugging their way to the end of the half with UTSA holding a 28-27 lead. Evan Dudley, al, 27 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 4 Dec. 2020 In other states, however, the group appears to have struck pay dirt. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pay dirt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About pay dirt

Time Traveler for pay dirt

Time Traveler

The first known use of pay dirt was in 1853

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pay dirt

Last Updated

17 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

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

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on pay dirt

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pay dirt


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!