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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Officers drilled a hole in the container - and hit a motherload of eight million dollars worth of coke.
You see, Calebral has been strip-mining the elastic boundaries of hard rock, punk and Pinoy rock so that on their fifth and newest album, they've hit upon a motherload of glittering gems that should incite the spawning of the next generation of metal and OPM pop fans.
She shared the idea in parenting websiteThe MotherLoad's Facebook group.
Shari Frilot, chief curator, New Frontier, said "This year's New Frontier is an explosion of experimentation, bearing a motherload of innovative custom tech that take us higher.
Helpful agents lead the new squad through each area, pointing out the games where users can truly test their mettle, battling against chitauri and even Hydra before they get the chance to activate the motherload: the tesseract.
Each motherload is tested as part of a tightly-regulated market, with weeks worth of supplies selling out in days when it was launched.
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".
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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.
Rival Samsung is all over social, and this year hit the motherload, smashing President Obama's retweet record with Ellen's Oscar selfie.
When considering the possibility of mining logistics transaction data for the purposes of improving costs and service, the "motherload" for supply chain data is in international transactions.