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mother lode

1. In mining, the main source of a mineral in given area. We haven't hit the mother lode of silver quite yet—but we will!
2. By extension, an abundance of something. I wasn't looking to expand my record collection, but I sure hit the mother lode when I cleaned out my parents' attic! It's an exciting time to be a researcher in this field, as a mother lode of new data was recently released.
See also: lode, mother
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The company believes the MotherLode operations will be immediately accretive to earnings.
Motherlode director Rachael Boulton said: "The play is based on real events which began in 1973 when the villagers of Troedrhiwgwair in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, were ordered to leave their homes amid fears of a landslide.
Motherlode is an ambitious new company that aims to move audiences with relevant stories from underrepresented areas of Wales.
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, a brand of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), has announced the participation of The Inn at Aspen, as a Preferred Lodging Representative for the MotherLode Volleyball Classic, to be held from September 1 to 5, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado, US.
social media appears on first glance to provide a readily-extractable motherlode of information and insights that can help firms retain and build relations with customers and attract new ones.
At The New York Times, Lisa Belkin filled us in on the Motherlode, Michelle Slatalla on what it was like to be a Wife/Mother/ Worker/Spy, and Paula Span on the challenges of caregiving in The New Old Age.
When would-be politicians and their temperance-minded wives arrive on the waves of the prosperity that Alex's find seems to augur, the residents of Motherlode find themselves fighting battles they had hoped to avoid.
Further land use permitting is required and is actively ongoing for further drilling in the Copper Mountain area as well as for targets in the Ket 28, Dayton and Motherlode areas.
As a geographer, he was drawn to pursue the question along empirical paths, and came upon a motherlode in the spring of 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Aw, it's the motherlode, Jack," DeVries said slowly, almost solemnly, in a hushed tone, as if to make sure the birds couldn't hear him.
But those interested in exploring those historical times while still enjoying all of today's modern amenities might want to check out the Motherlode Lodge.
We've accomplished this with our groomed Signature Runs, Mountainzone trail maps, personal mountain planner and terrain enhancements, which began with Motherlode Meadows.
The two huge swaths set aside last week, which resource extraction industries have been eyeing as a potential motherlode, constitute a land mass area about 11 times bigger than Yellowstone National Park.
For the motherlode of orbital images, however, see the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth at eol.
At that point, any hopes of trying to complete the motherlode ride - all the way to Sisters - disappeared like the ripples in the middle of the pool.