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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

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

strike pay dirt

verb
See also: dirt, pay, strike
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He also struck pay dirt at the 1991 Southeast Asian Games.
Cone struck pay dirt for Ginebra in the Governors' Cup last year and is hoping for a title repeat in this tournament against his old team now coached by Chito Victolero, who took over from Webb at the start of the season.
He struck pay dirt, winning his singles and doubles events for a slam.
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But they struck pay dirt with their second effort, 62 miles north of Aberdeen in the outer Moray Firth.
On November 14 last year, Eugene struck pay dirt when a giant 7x7 whitetail moseyed by his stand.
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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.
She then struck pay dirt as an exotic dancer whose breast implants vastly heightened her local popularity.
In terms of results, Nitragin struck pay dirt at every level and continues to reap the benefits of show efforts.
Finally, he struck pay dirt with a pharmacist who promised that with one pill he could guarantee the tyrant would never grow a day older.
According to one of many legends, Wickenburg named the Vulture Mine after the buzzards circling over his head as he struck pay dirt.