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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


1. tv. to shoot, dent, or knock something. The rock dinged my left fender.
2. tv. to negate; to cast out; to blemish. The reviewer dinged the book, but it sold well anyway.
3. n. a dent or blemish. The hail put a lot of dings in the hood of my car.


n. a stupid person; a giddy person who hears bells. This ding-a-ling comes up and asks me for a dollar for the orphans. I tell her I got all the orphans I can use at any price.


1. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his ding-dong and ran for the bedroom.
2. n. a stupid person of either sex. You silly ding-dong! Try again.
3. mod. damned. (A euphemism.) Get your ding-dong junk outa my way!


and wing-ding
1. n. a love affair; a sexual affair. Sam and Martha brought their little whing-ding to an end.
2. n. a gadget. I’ve never seen one of these little wing-dings so banged up.
3. and whinger n. a wild drinking party; drinking spree. Fred had one of the best whing-dings this town has ever seen.


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He went on: "You did not lose your self control in killing Jeff Ding, in effect you executed the man you hated.
During the trial, the jury heard how Du "massacred" his former business partners Mr and Mrs Ding in revenge "We don't know what may have happened after he lost a 10-year legal battle over a Chinese herbal medicine business.
Engineers at Jurassic Park try to keep these problems to a minimum by making sure all the electrical wiring cases on the dings are watertight.
Dings - tries: Wright-Hyder, Watkins; conversions: Westall (2); penalty Westall.
To be in with a chance of winning a year's supply of Penguin Wing Dings simply send in the answer to the question below, along with your full name, address and Echo Food Club membership number toWing Dings Competition, South Wales Echo , PO Box 325, Cardiff CF10 1XR.
Dings scored through Westall for 25-27 to set up an intense last quarter.
Ding made his centuries in a four-frame burst before the interval, and held himself together to see off last season's World Championship runner-up.
O'Sullivan played down his own spectacular performance - one which saw him reel off six frames in succession to clinch his third Masters title - while Ding admitted he was not entirely happy with his surroundings.
Ding, who tops the standings and has already qualified for the semi-finals, has been told by Chinese officials that he must attend the Asian Games in Doha, which start 48 hours after the Premier League final in Wythenshawe on December 3.
It's likely that this version of the DRD4 gene, which occurs in a sizable minority of people worldwide, resulted from one or more unusual mutations of the common form and then increased in frequency as the Stone Age wound down, around 40,000 years ago, Ding and his coworkers theorize.
Du had denied murdering Jifeng "Jeff" Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and daughters, Xing "Nancy", 18, and Alice, 12, at their home in Wootton, Northamptonshire, on April 29 2011.
The scans revealed a "dramatic difference," says Ding.
Ding Dong, Texas -- Located in Bell County (get it -- like the bell in a boxing ring) in the north-central part of the state, approximately 60 miles North of Austin, Ding Dong is a rural community with a trading post.
Building on his past excellent work leading AsiaInfo, James Ding will be able to more effectively devote himself to these important issues as Chairman of the Board.
Ding, director, medical aerosols at BattellePharma, will present two posters; the first titled "Delivery of Chemotherapy Agent for Cancer Treatment via Nebulization.