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pay dirt

Something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially that which has been discovered after a long or arduous search. Used especially in the phrase "hit/strike pay dirt." I was combing through books in the library for hours trying to find material for my thesis, when finally I hit pay dirt with an old collection of literary criticisms from the 1970s. I loved to search through my grandfather's attic when I was a kid, convinced that someday I would strike pay dirt.
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In terms of results, Nitragin struck pay dirt at every level and continues to reap the benefits of show efforts.
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He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House gala in Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta, had a small role in Ben Stevenson's Snow Maiden, and danced in Etudes, but he hit pay dirt as Conrad, the leading role in the company premiere of Le Corsaire.
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Told that the Talon Zipper archives did not contain the early material he sought, Friedel cultivated knowledgeable Meadvillians, including the local librarian, and eventually struck pay dirt on the floor of an inventor's descendant's garage.
Ram-Powell workers will actually drill several wells to make sure they hit pay dirt.
While baseball gets more space than the others, Pay Dirt devotes considerable attention to football, basketball, and hockey, too.
The second place he checked he hit pay dirt and got enough runners to go around the whole garden.
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