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strike pay dirt

To discover or happen upon something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially after a long or arduous search. I was combing through books in the library for hours, trying to find material for my thesis, when finally I struck pay dirt with an old collection of literary criticisms from the 1970s. I loved to search through my grandfather's attic when I was a kid, convinced that someday I would strike pay dirt.
See also: dirt, pay, strike

pay dirt

Something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially that which has been discovered after a long or arduous search. Used especially in the phrase "hit/strike pay dirt." I was combing through books in the library for hours trying to find material for my thesis, when finally I hit pay dirt with an old collection of literary criticisms from the 1970s. I loved to search through my grandfather's attic when I was a kid, convinced that someday I would strike pay dirt.
See also: dirt, pay

hit pay dirt

To discover or come upon something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially after a long or arduous search. I had been combing through books in the library for hours trying to find material for my thesis, when finally I hit pay dirt with an old collection of literary criticisms from the 1970s. One of my fondest memories was searching through my grandfather's attic when I was a kid, convinced that some day I would hit pay dirt.
See also: dirt, hit, pay

hit pay dirt

 
1. Fig. to discover something of value. (Alludes to discovering valuable ore.) Sally tried a number of different jobs until she hit pay dirt. I tried to borrow money from a lot of different people. They all said no. Then when I went to the bank, I hit pay dirt.
2. Fig. to get great riches. After years of poverty, the writer hit pay dirt with his third novel. Jane's doing well. She really hit pay dirt with her new business.
See also: dirt, hit, pay

hit pay dirt

or

strike pay dirt

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you hit pay dirt or strike pay dirt, you find or achieve something important and valuable. Note: `Pay dirt' is often written as `paydirt'. `Let's not give up on the courts,' Millard says. `We still might hit pay dirt with one of the issues.' The first two people with whom she spoke hung up on her. With the third, she struck pay dirt. The archeologists started in spring and hit paydirt: sets of bones, presumably of Carib Indians. Note: This expression probably refers to earth which contains enough gold dust to make it financially worthwhile to look for gold in it.
See also: dirt, hit, pay

hit/strike ˈpay dirt

(informal, especially American English) suddenly be in a successful situation, especially one that makes you rich: The band hit pay dirt two years ago with their first album, but have since been less successful.This comes from mining. Pay dirt is earth that contains valuable minerals or metal such as gold.
See also: dirt, hit, pay, strike

hit pay dirt

and strike pay dirt
1. tv. to discover something of value. When we opened the last trunk, we knew we had hit pay dirt.
2. tv. to get to the basic facts of something. When we figured out the code, we really struck pay dirt.
See also: dirt, hit, pay

strike pay dirt

verb
See also: dirt, pay, strike
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The four hit paydirt at the end of last year with their first recording together.
Before hitting paydirt with the comedy show, Morgan had ceaselessly lampooned D'Arcy as Father Trendy on the Mike Murphy Show.
Black and Ginger on Colquitt Street got in touch to say they've revamped Utility's user-friendly, gadget-tastic website and also hit paydirt with www.
They show that, separated from the grubby world of profit and functionality, the human mind can work to an amazing degree in the pursuit of gizmos that might - just might - hit paydirt.
ALSO on at Ikon, in the Second Floor galleries, is Paydirt, the first UK solo show for New York artist Joe Scanlan.
We're not sure if we have a trio of pop or rock star wannabes or not, but for kids so young (six, four, and three), there seems to be an awful lot of singing and music-playing around our house, so we knew we'd really struck paydirt when we spotted the US-1800 Portable CD & G Karaoke Boombox ($99) by VocoPro, La Verne, Calif.
Every time I dug into something at the Ag Department, we hit paydirt," Miller told Fleeson.
He won some local talent shows but hit paydirt at age 16 when he landed the plum role in a soft-drink commercial.
For $15 you get a bag of paydirt, which John Bhai, our interpreter, told us is extracted locally and delivered to the mining exhibit directly below the McKinley Chalet Resort.
Four years later, Mattel struck paydirt with Barbie.
If one effort hits paydirt with a particular tactic, then that element can be morphed into other packages and tested.
After 25 years of working together, global natural resource company Freeport McMoran and the country of Indonesia finally hit paydirt in the late 1980s.
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1, this conglomeration of fancy hardware and unique computer software struck paydirt.
The production was shot on location in Vancouver, Canada by Paydirt and directed by Iain Mackenzie.