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mother lode

1. In mining, the main source of a mineral in given area. We haven't hit the mother lode of silver quite yet—but we will!
2. By extension, an abundance of something. I wasn't looking to expand my record collection, but I sure hit the mother lode when I cleaned out my parents' attic! It's an exciting time to be a researcher in this field, as a mother lode of new data was recently released.
See also: lode, mother
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The 20 signs found Monday come from a mother lode of 10,000 put together by SEIU members with $14,000 in SEIU funds - a thank-you, no doubt, for Hahn's extreme generosity to city workers, paid for with public cash.
It provides a central source for cartoonists and gag writers to track their progress, keep abreast of editors' needs, "and mine a mother lode of mirth for new ideas," according to editor-in-chief and publisher Bill Keough.
Because the fakeness of these images is so sharply rendered, one enters each one as a densely tangled source, a mother lode, of the fantastic and the imaginary.
Working near the northern limit of land, on Canada's remote Victoria Island, scientists have unearthed a mother lode of microscopic fossils, chronicling an evolutionary explosion among complex cells more than 800 million years ago.
And collectors of proverbs and aphorisms know they are close to a mother lode when they find a quote like this one.
As a public relations, advertising and marketing resource, it provides a mother lode of material.
Harris, a Wunderkind who wrote ``X2: X-Men United'' as well as the upcoming remake of ``Logan's Run,'' is interested in the things people hide behind closed doors, and with the Travises, he has created a mother lode of mysteries.
Just as the probing of a new cave's mineral deposits can yield discoveries richer than the finding of the cave itself, the identification of the chemicals inside cellular chambers called caveolae is proving a mother lode for researchers.
In 2002, with the economic slump and accounting scandals, there was a mother lode of issues that our readers needed us to report on.
Here's a mother lode for fans of the late Texas troubadour.
Marion Jones' yellow brick road, which once seemed a couple bricks shy of a mother lode, is starting to look more and more like a FasTrak to history.
With the installation of the DMS 500 switch -- a combined local and long distance calling central office -- ELI offers a mother lode of full-service communications at flat rate pricing for business customers.
A Mother Lode of antiques stores housed in brightly painted buildings along Main Street, some dating to the 1870s, is a big tourist attraction.
Divers in the TWA Flight 800 recovery effort mined a mother lode of wreckage Saturday, retrieving a huge double-decker chunk of the plane - complete with seats, windows, even a coffeepot.