Definition of pay dirt in US English:

pay dirt


North American
  • 1Ground containing ore in sufficient quantity to be profitably extracted.

    • ‘According to one of many legends, Wickenburg named the Vulture Mine after the buzzards circling over his head as he struck pay dirt.’
    • ‘The industry insists that companies won't drill unless they're certain to hit pay dirt.’
    1. 1.1informal Profit; reward.
      ‘the gig pays three hundred bucks a week—looks like I just hit pay dirt’
      • ‘I get in at the earliest stage, so the multiples, if I really hit pay dirt on one, could be huge.’
      • ‘Then, on their second to last day in Madagascar, in a park called Ranomafana, they hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘Back in the deserted capital, power brokers were trying to assess who hit pay dirt and who fell short in a city tied up in partisan knots.’
      • ‘He hit pop culture pay dirt when he wrote a slim novel based on his experiences.’
      • ‘Flash forward to the present day as we meet a rusty group of salvage experts who think they've hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘So I did some poking around, and instantly hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘But if you're willing to spread your money among a diversified portfolio of new issues from a cross-section of industries, you just might hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘This time I hit pay dirt, and while the pages unscrolled on my screen a cold chill ran down my spine.’
      • ‘Scientists hit pay dirt on Mars as a small probe detects large amounts of what could be ice just below the surface.’
      • ‘I have always made a habit of retaining the last few frames of film for the unexpected - it has never come to much all these years, but one fine day, I hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘The question, then, is whether the energy sector will continue to hit pay dirt or whether it will start pumping mud.’
      • ‘With everyday reports of Indian entrepreneurs striking pay dirt in the US, the focus on India and its economy has increased over the years.’
      • ‘We've monitored quite a few lines in the last week, and early yesterday morning we hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘Retailers are hitting pay dirt in the young-girl segment of the market.’
      • ‘She had hit pay dirt, and she wouldn't let go without a fight.’
      • ‘In fact he had hit pay dirt as he was performing his joke to one of the country's top comedy managers.’
      • ‘After two months of networking, they hit pay dirt.’
      • ‘Not only had they hit pay dirt, they returned ‘the gold’ within the primary phase or first 90-days of their journey.’
      • ‘Some projects will hit pay dirt, maturing into truly company-changing events.’
      • ‘By album number three he began to hit pay dirt, both commercially and artistically.’
      financial gain, gain, return, returns, payback, dividend, interest, yield, surplus, excess
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pay dirt

/ˈpeɪ ˌdərt//ˈpā ˌdərt/