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

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, millions of jobs evaporated overnight, but hucksters hit pay dirt. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "In Defense of Liberal Conspirators," 6 May 2021 These were mostly tailings and very little pay dirt. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, "Michael Jackson's Estate Mostly Prevails In Valuation Fight With IRS," 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, "UAB stays on pace in C-USA west; grabs 64-57 win over UTSA," 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, "My Only Holiday Plan Is Making My Own Mussels in Escabeche," 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, "Linden dominates Pickens County with 32-8 win in Class 1A title game," 4 Dec. 2020 In other states, however, the group appears to have struck pay dirt. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "66 winning lottery tickets. $6.3 million. What's up with Ivy League group's winning streak?," 11 Nov. 2020 Turning to the air for a comeback, senior Nathan Cikalo put away all hopes of a comeback with a 55-yard pick-six after jumping a route and sprinting to pay dirt. cleveland, "No. 5 Avon Lake imposes defensive will in 30-7 D-II, Region 6 triumph over Wadsworth," 17 Oct. 2020 Don’t be surprised if Elliott takes a short pass in the red zone to pay dirt after making Kiser or Reeder miss in the open field. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 bold predictions for Cowboys-Rams, including a big night for TE Blake Jarwin," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pay dirt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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