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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The Rockets would add another interception for a touchdown early in the second quarter from Gergye, who took it 33 yards to pay dirt, extending the Rockets’ lead, 19-8. Austin Opfer | Special To,, "Bay leads Elyria Catholic 26-8 in suspended high school football game that resumes Saturday at 2 p.m.," 13 Sep. 2019 Vernon Hargreaves just jumped that route and got the pay dirt How sloppy were the game’s opening 30 minutes? Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Jimmy vs. Jameis: Who won quarterback battle in Tampa Bay?," 8 Sep. 2019 Colorado finally hit pay dirt toward the end of the third quarter, as Jaren Mangham ran in from 11 yards to set up a wild fourth quarter. Scooby Axson,, "Nebraska Hype Train Cools as Huskers Stunned by Colorado Comeback," 7 Sep. 2019 His longest touchdown came on a 93-yard jaunt to the end zone after catching a quick pass, getting a key block from a fellow receiver and outrunning the entire Bartlett defense to pay dirt. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "West quarterback has a hand in six touchdowns to lead Eagles past Bartlett," 7 Sep. 2019 The speedy receiver was wide-open after beating his defender off the press and outran the entire Akron defense on the way to pay dirt. Evan Dudley, al, "Quarter-by-quarter look at UAB’s 31-20 road victory over Akron," 7 Sep. 2019 The second quarter saw the Rebels find pay dirt again after just 1:20 in. Nathan Cambridge, Glendale News-Press, "Flintridge Prep football steamrolls in opening-season rout," 31 Aug. 2019 The hosts found pay dirt late in the quarter with a drive that featured English. Nathan Cambridge, Burbank Leader, "Burroughs football dominates Victor Valley for 2-0 start," 30 Aug. 2019 Their Las Olas digs are part of Zero Empty Spaces, a project that takes vacant Broward shops and fills them with artists who pay dirt-cheap rent. Phillip Valys,, "Dirt-cheap rent in Fort Lauderdale? Artists morph empty Las Olas storefronts into funky studios," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pay dirt

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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