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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.
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strike pay dirt

verb
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The investigators finally struck pay dirt when they found a small fragment of chromosome 4 that could trigger senescence.
Told that the Talon Zipper archives did not contain the early material he sought, Friedel cultivated knowledgeable Meadvillians, including the local librarian, and eventually struck pay dirt on the floor of an inventor's descendant's garage.
That effort struck pay dirt more than a year ago when the community attracted the Kenosha Twins, a Single A franchise that's been renamed the Fort Wayne Wizards and will play the 1993 season in the Midwest League.
Beery struck pay dirt several years ago when, under the Freedom of Information Act normally utilized by news gathering sources, he uncovered boxes of documents written by Corps and Port officials that support his claims.
SAUGUS - Golden shovels struck pay dirt on a wind-swept hillside Wednesday as Saugus Union School District officials broke ground on their 15th campus, slated to serve the residents of a new 1,500-home housing tract.
And when the flower stems shot up with big spherical clusters of blue blossoms to match the container, he knew he'd struck pay dirt.
The forensic tests struck pay dirt, revealing that the soil on the seized pottery and tools matched the sediment from the national forest rather than the sediment from the privately owned site.
After hours of roaming Media City Mall and the Glendale Galleria, and wrinkling her nose at various designs pointed out by her daughter, Karen, Kostoff struck pay dirt at Macy's.
Convinced he's struck pay dirt, Ziminski brings the tape to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab for analysis.
But they struck pay dirt with their second effort, 62 miles north of Aberdeen in the outer Moray Firth.
Editor's note: You've struck pay dirt with your Stryker suggestions.
The Tarheel delegation struck pay dirt by being able to meet with Sens.
Then there was the media, which struck pay dirt with Simpson.
The house of Givenchy struck pay dirt, dressing British actress Samantha Morton in a vintage blue and gold lace number from 1951, and Liv Tyler in a black couture gown that had the feel of a flapper's sheath.