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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


1. tv. to shoot, dent, or knock something. The rock dinged my left fender.
2. tv. to negate; to cast out; to blemish. The reviewer dinged the book, but it sold well anyway.
3. n. a dent or blemish. The hail put a lot of dings in the hood of my car.


n. a stupid person; a giddy person who hears bells. This ding-a-ling comes up and asks me for a dollar for the orphans. I tell her I got all the orphans I can use at any price.


1. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his ding-dong and ran for the bedroom.
2. n. a stupid person of either sex. You silly ding-dong! Try again.
3. mod. damned. (A euphemism.) Get your ding-dong junk outa my way!


and wing-ding
1. n. a love affair; a sexual affair. Sam and Martha brought their little whing-ding to an end.
2. n. a gadget. I’ve never seen one of these little wing-dings so banged up.
3. and whinger n. a wild drinking party; drinking spree. Fred had one of the best whing-dings this town has ever seen.


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As pioneers of this industry, Ding is empowering millions of people globally with access to connected mobile phones every day.
Breaks of 74 and 96 provided the immediate burst that carried Selby two frames clear, and the swift one-two floored Ding.
BAIZE A TRAILHENDRY, above left, is tipping Ding, top, for superstardom if he wins the world title over Selby
Liu took the opening game 11-9 only to see Ding draw level after winning the second 11-9.
The jury heard he took a train from Birmingham New Street station to Northampton where he boarded a bus to where the Ding family lived in Pioneer Close.
However, Ding has since redressed the balance by outplaying the Londoner 6-2 in their Shanghai Masters semi-final in September.
Ding fences foil, a style of fencing with a sword based off of the Italian rapier and which is largely based on technique.
Ding, who has worked as a chef in Turkey for 23 years, still works in the kitchen with his team and his wife, who came to Turkey two years after her husband.
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Ding has endured a disappointing campaign, suffering frequent first-round defeats and failing to reproduce the form which took him to the Crucible semi-finals last year.
And with victory Ding set up a mouth-watering best-of-17 frame final showdown with either crowd favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan or Mark Selby, the double Masters champion.
Higgins appeared poised for a 4-2 victory, but he missed a pink off the rest and allowed Ding to tie it a 3-3 before a break of 86 sealed the win.
In the experiments, Ding used two genes and a microRNA to convert a skin sample from a 55-year-old woman directly into brain cells.
JUDD TRUMP today faced a cliffhanger of a closing session against Ding Junhui as he attempted to extend his fairytale run at the Betfred.
MARCO Fu believes it is only a matter of time before Ding Junhui wins his first World Championship after being blown away by his Chinese rival in last night's Ladbrokes Mobile Masters final at Wembley Arena.