strike pay dirt

strike pay dirt

To discover or happen upon something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially after a long or arduous search. I was combing through books in the library for hours, trying to find material for my thesis, when finally I struck 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.
See also: dirt, pay, strike

hit/strike ˈpay dirt

(informal, especially American English) suddenly be in a successful situation, especially one that makes you rich: The band hit pay dirt two years ago with their first album, but have since been less successful.This comes from mining. Pay dirt is earth that contains valuable minerals or metal such as gold.
See also: dirt, hit, pay, strike

strike pay dirt

verb
See also: dirt, pay, strike
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When I did strike pay dirt, watching a 1-inch needle flexing back and forth in the thigh of a squirming toddler was more than I could take.
Finally, you can "scambait" the scammers, leading them on in thinking they're about to strike pay dirt with you.
If there were just 10,000 advanced civilizations in the galaxy, researchers could well strike pay dirt before Science turns 150.
Roche Holding expects to strike pay dirt with genetic testing.
Now focusing on marketing the firm's tooth-whitening device, a system called the Apollo 95 E, Gurevitch is beginning to strike pay dirt in that realm as well.
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