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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

striking distance

Close proximity or a short distance, as to or away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. Used especially in the phrase "in/within striking distance." A World Cup victory was within striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is in striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, striking

in striking distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was in striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is in striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, striking

strike whilst the iron is hot

To make most of an opportunity or favourable conditions while one has the chance to do so. (A less common variant of "strike while the iron is hot.") Primarily heard in UK. This sounds like a pretty amazing deal they're offering. If I were you, I'd strike whilst the iron is hot. I deliberated too long before accepting the job offer, and now they've given it to someone else. I should have struck whilst the iron was hot.
See also: hot, iron, strike

strike (someone) dumb

To render someone speechless, as due to a great surprise or shock. My father's sudden resignation from the company struck each of us dumb.
See also: dumb, strike

within striking distance (of something)

also in striking distance (of something)
1. very close to something The great thing about the house is that the ocean is within striking distance.
2. very close to achieving something The Republicans are within striking distance of winning the election.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the less polite but stronger form within spitting distance of something (very near): They live within spitting distance of my house, but luckily I don't see them much.

in/within spitting distance

  also in/within striking distance
very close to something or someone (often + of ) The great thing about the house is that it's within spitting distance of the sea. The move to Ascot put us within striking distance of London.
See also: distance, spit

strike pay dirt

verb
See also: dirt, pay, strike
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Some Northwest travelers said operations appear to be normal, but the union representing the striking mechanics says cancellations are increasing.
In 1903, Great Lakes shippers recruited replacements for their striking ship stokers from the training camp of one of America's leading "Muscular Christians," University of Chicago football and track and field coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.
The Boeing Company today (March 24) extended the benefits package won by the striking SPEEA members to non-represented company employees, commonly called NSPs.
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His basic argument is that more combative labor forces lose a higher percentage of strikes than less combative ones--because they put forth more radical demands--but that ultimately they profit from unacknowledged preemptive offers of higher wages made by employers who hope to limit future striking.
One of the meetings, which drew more than 1,300 striking workers, served as a backdrop for the press conference.
It was the biggest rally since the strike began, and the first major strategy session, an encouraging sign to many striking employees who have been toiling on the picket lines for 66 days.
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This weekend, a UFCW motor home dubbed the ``Turkey Express'' was handing out thousands of free turkey vouchers to striking grocery employees throughout Southern California in an effort to keep spirits high despite the prospect of the strike dragging through the holidays.
As negotiations degrade, the unions continue to rally, but the striking employees are losing hope.
He and MTA Chief Executive Officer Roger Snoble have repeatedly said there's no more money on the table beyond the $87 million in new funds already being offered to the striking mechanics.
He said the 17,000 striking Ralphs employees would be assigned to picket Albertson's and Vons stores in Northern California, Arizona and Colorado, and at distribution warehouses throughout Southern California.
Negotiators for the MTA and striking mechanics agreed Friday to keep on talking through the weekend after the union extended a counteroffer for the first time in the 2-week-old strike that has stranded thousands and brought millions in economic losses.
The unyielding stance of striking supermarket workers will meet today with consumers whose pantries are empty as the work stoppage at Southern California's three largest grocers enters its seventh day.
Teamsters' drivers expanded their support Wednesday for striking supermarket workers by agreeing to honor picket lines at regional food distribution centers, a move meant to put further pressure on the strike- bound grocers - Vons, Ralphs and Albertson's.