Definition of strike gold in US English:

strike gold


  • 1Discover gold during the course of drilling or mining.

    ‘as miners explored further, they struck gold in other nearby areas’
    • ‘Some were 'shepherds' who did token work on their claim until a neighbour struck gold.’
    • ‘The company said it struck gold in a Bulgarian mine.’
    • ‘Stories abound about the first people to strike gold.’
  • 2Be very successful in an undertaking or enterprise.

    ‘he struck gold with his first picture, which was nominated for two Oscars’
    • ‘However, his speech will strike gold with many voters: council tax is toxically unpopular.’
    • ‘Companies are being offered the chance to "strike gold" in the £500 billion public sector market.’
    • ‘And many animation firms realise that they have struck gold.’
    • ‘There's nothing like being in on the ground level of a project that you know is going to strike gold some day.’
    • ‘Open tryouts are common in American professional sports, and occasionally strike gold.’
    • ‘Well into week two we strike gold - gold in the form of small pieces of blackened, homemade pots.’
    • ‘It is one place where job seekers could strike gold.’
    • ‘A group of 40 Wiltshire pensioners is hoping to strike gold at the next giant car boot sale on April 25 at the Castle Combe circuit.’
    • ‘I hear all the time from readers who think they've struck gold with a cheap PC only to realize later that they're stuck with fool's gold.’
    • ‘The series, which follows the adventures of a single mother turned private investigator, also helped him first strike gold in publishing.’