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strike gold

1. Literally, to discover gold, as in a gold mine. All it takes for a gold rush is for one prospector to strike gold.
2. To discover a source of wealth or success. The term sometimes implies that it was discovered by chance or luck. Tara and Patti really struck gold when they developed an app that went viral. We struck gold when we hired Ken. He brings in more money that our other three salespeople combined.
3. To win a gold medal in a competition, typically an athletic contest. Michael Phelps has struck gold more than any other olympian in history.
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strike gold

1. If you strike gold, you become very rich or successful by finding or doing something. A California nurse has struck gold on a slot machine. Hitting the jackpot, she suddenly found herself 9.3 million dollars richer. The company has struck gold with its new holiday development.
2. If you strike gold, you win a gold medal in a competition. Mason struck gold in the vault, with Reeder taking the bronze, her third medal of the games.
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strike ˈgold

find happiness, wealth, etc.; find exactly what you need: She hasn’t always been lucky with her boyfriends, but I think she’s struck gold this time.We’ve struck gold here. This book has everything we need.
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He also competed as part of the GTI England boys' team, striking gold in the team special technique event and earning bronze in team destruction (board-breaking).
The 36-year-old matched her gold phone with a striking gold bangle, and also added a warm scarf during the flight.
Dan Ruckwood looks set to follow in his father's footsteps after striking gold at the National Age Group Championships.
Double Olympic champion Ben Ainslie revealed yesterday he will not compete at the Beijing Games in 2008 unless he believes there is a genuine chance of striking gold for a third time Ainslie may have exchanged stories with Matthew Pinsent as they sailed together during Skandia Cowes Week, but he is not preoccupied with matching the legendary rower's achievement of winning four gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games.
The 28-year-old Godiva Harrier is staying with his proud parents in Binley after striking gold in Saturday's victorious 4x100m relay win.
Edinburgh's Chris Hoy, 28, was the only medal winner on dry land, striking gold in the cycling.
Lewis has admitted she has struggled to motivate herself since striking gold in Sydney last year.
While striking gold was once a mega fantasy in California, the overall odds of winning a prize in the MEGA Millions game are only 1 in 40.
Jackie Carribine also had a successful event with golds in the 100m medley and 50m freestyle events with Graeme Atherton, Carolyn Bailey, Andrew Bennett and Phil Woods all striking gold with some excellent swims.
But despite striking gold in Osaka less than a month after completing a 12-month ban from all athletics, Ohuruogu warned it will be hard to repeat the feat in China.
GREAT Britain had high hopes of striking gold at the World track championships in Melbourne but had to settle for bronze in the three-man team sprint event.
COMPETING among the best swimmers in Europe, Wirral Metro's Freya Anderson made her presence felt at the Standard Cup in Italy after striking gold in the 100m breaststroke and picking up bronze in the 100m and 200m freestyle.
Pinsent recently won his forth gold medal at Athens this year after striking gold for the first time in the 1992 Olympics.
ENGLAND'S Peter Nicol atoned for the loss of his Commonwealth Games squash singles title by striking gold in the doubles yesterday and insisted: ``This makes up for it completely.
She performed the Golden Globe(R) nominated hit from the film "Anna and the King" and teamed with Latin star Carlos Ponce on the love song "Bella Notte" from the Disney animated film "Lady and the Tramp II" before striking gold with her self-titled debut album "Joy Enriquez.