mother lode

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mother lode

1. In mining, the main source of a mineral in a 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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If you enjoyed Twister, cop a load of this disaster flick which sees a motherlode of tornadoes rip a rural town apart, with Richard Armitage (right) as the hero.
Showing deep appreciation for Wilson's influence, as well as for the obscurity in which he spent his career in the spiritual-rescue business, the helmers employ a motherlode of photographs, diary entries, correspondence and recorded speeches to tell a sensational story that many will think they know, but don't.
Make-A-Deal, he's likely to hit a motherlode in movieland.