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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It was to be the mother load of parties was this bash.
Vans has the mother load when it comes to Disney/Pixar clothing items.
It featured a posh redhead with a British accent sitting on the toilet in a public bathroom, announcing, "You won't believe the mother load I just dropped.
In "Girls Don't Poop," which among other awards received Advertising Age's Viral Video Award for the Funniest Viral Video of the Year-Audience Vote, a posh redhead with a British accent sits on the toilet in a public bathroom and announces, "You won't believe the mother load I just dropped.
China, the mother load of manufacturing for home furnishings products for much of the past 25 years, continues to transition to an economy more focused on higher value goods and domestic needs.
Adam calls the occurrence the Mother Load [sic: his mother has loaded him up, as it were, with support] Pocket Complex, and his development of it is ongoing.
Evidently, though, the mother load is requesting permission to dock, as JULIE GOODYEAR has been telling creator BRIAN PARK how much she loves the show.
The company may have hit the mother load this weekend, announcing that it and its partners Chevron (CVX) and Statoil (STO) made the deepest successful well test in the Gulf of Mexico.
The online mega-market facilitator is, as anticipated, making moves to leverage its organic community of buyers and sellers into the mother load of potential revenues.
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 1996--Sigma Trimm Technologies, a leading manufacturer of peripheral enclosures, will introduce the Mother Load, its new series of mass storage devices for video, Internet Web server and other data-intensive applications during Networld+Interop '96 in Booth 5881.
Enclosed in Sigma Trimm's Very Large Disk Array, or Velda, the Mother Load is fully integrated and available with either full, half-high or SCA drive modules.
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