mother lode


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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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In June, the Mother Lode Field Office implemented seasonal fire restrictions limiting all campfires and barbecues to fire rings in designated campgrounds.
In August, the company announced its plans to acquire Mother Lode Bank, a California-state chartered bank with USD78m in assets and two branches in Sonora, CA.
The transaction is expected to close at the end of 4Q15, subject to regulatory approvals, the approval of Mother Lode shareholders and other customary closing conditions.
Today's Capitol muckrakers are beginning to think that Tom DeLay's troubles will provide a similar mother lode.
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.
DID YOU KNOW: More than half of the gold mined in the Mother Lode came out of Amador County.
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.
Charlottesville, Virginia, a most hospitable college town, and the mother lode of Virginia liberalism, which is a lot like saying the most Republican block in Berkeley.
Alarmed by a looming environmental disaster--the coastal waters are a mother lode for local fishermen, the rugged shore a wildlife haven--the Spanish government ordered Prestige to halt.
I was in the press briefing room for less than 10 minutes when I realized that I had hit the mother lode.
But Trish Puterbaugh and her allies in the Yahi Group of the Mother Lode Chapter can tell you that a little public scrutiny goes a long way.
Cassity owns and operates several cemeteries, including the mother lode in Los Angeles--Hollywood Forever, a 62-acre resting spot, adjacent to Paramount Studios, for greats like Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
Robert Middleton has been exploring in the Nipigon basin for years in search of a Noril sk-type mother lode.
Entrepreneurs seeking their mother lode through the Net represent a dwindling breed.
A new book explores the history, geology and resources of the unspoiled California wilderness north of the Mother Lode region.