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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SurePure's oil products - which are a greater concentration than Holland and Barrett's and sold as a food supplement - were in production for 18 months, and each motherload is tested as part of a tightly regulated market.
Lara shared her story with parenting website The Motherload.
Introducing Rome, Richard says: "If you like old s*** you've hit the melon-farming motherload," before saying random words like "concrete", "art" and "sewers".
More profoundly, Motherload reveals the costs that women pay trying to handle the impossible responsibility of creating security for their children in a country (the United States) in which state support of citizens' welfare is minimal and the economy produces insecurity.
Hinds and Kelliher are an extremely tight unit as they blast through hits like Black Tongue, The Motherload and High Road even though Brent was having obvious technical issues with both his vocals and guitar.
Sinking has since intersected the Merensky Reef for the ventilation shaft--the motherload of the platinum belt.
Radical interventions into traditional family structures and into the gendered training believed to be inherent in standard parenting were approaches that emerged as part of a broader feminist agenda, as did methods for redistributing the motherload.
And her answer takes her to homophobia, which she describes as "the semiotic motherload, the paradigm binary, the place we learn about hate, disgust, fear, inside, outside, and retribution.
But our last morning promised to be a barnburner: We had permission to hunt on a field of dreams hosting a motherload of snows, surely numbering 6,000 strong.
As soon as my transatlantic golf double motherload hits planet Earth - and I'm confident it will strike this year - I'm going to spend every day doing as I please.
That's why, even as new outlets for Internet content seem to regularly pop up, like Turner's SuperDeluxe and Michael Eisner's Vuguru, others already have found it tough going and shut down, like NBC's Dot-Comedy, HBO and AOL's This Justin, and Comedy Central's MotherLoad.
Among notable movements in this space, CBS has launched its Innertube broadband channel, joining others such as MTV's Overdrive, Comedy Central's Motherload, and Discovery's Turbo.
Dealers are now steeped in the serious business of preparing for the fall hunting season--the motherload of the hunting gold rush.
Just last month the company hit the motherload at the Fragrance