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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.
Each pack of Wing Dings contains Penguin-shaped biscuits, half coated in milk chocolate, which are split into two halves - each containing a fun word orTXT style message.
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.
So Ding will swerve the tournament's climax with his place in the last four being taken by the player who finishes in fifth place in the seven-man league.
One form of the gene gained evolutionary favor near the end of the Stone Age because it enhanced survival and reproduction, proposes a team led by biologist Yuan-Chun Ding of the University of California, Irvine.
Compete's research indicates that Southwest's DING has had a positive impact on user behavior.
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.