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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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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is initiating emergency target shooting restrictions on public lands managed by the Mother Lode Field Office in 15 central California counties, beginning Thursday, July 20, due to high fire potential.
And, of course, we have the mother lode of UL animus--Frank "Damned Liar" Guinta, the man seeking another term as 1st C.
like coal from a mine, lifting it up from the mother lode by the frayed
The Mother lode Canyon Band, featuring Park City Mayor Dana Williams, headlined this event.
THE BLACK COLLEGIAN invites you to mine The Mother Lode of Career Opportunities--the most comprehensive source of entry-level career opportunities.
So when you hear about virgin 1911s in Marine inventory, it's like finding the mother lode.
Trips also took Nabhan to Lebanon, Ethiopia, the American Southwest and Mexico's Sierra Madre--which Vavilov called the mother lode of food biodiversity.
Oddly enough, most of these occurrences are not in the famous Mother Lode region, but rather are located in either the East Belt or in an area north of the Mother Lode that is generally referred to as the Northern Mines.
LOST MOUNTAIN: A YEAR IN THE VANISHING WILDERNESS isn't a travelogue or adventure story so much as a search for truth in the mountains of Appalachia, home to one of the last great forests in the world--and also threatened by the mother lode of strip mining which has been the backbone of living for so many Appalachian families.
This is going to be the mother lode,'' said Jesse Diaz, a program coordinator for the March 25th Coalition, a group of clergy and activists organizing the massive protest.
This would be the mother lode so Alex agrees to take a look.
DID YOU KNOW: More than half of the gold mined in the Mother Lode came out of Amador County.
Charlottesville, Virginia, a most hospitable college town, and the mother lode of Virginia liberalism, which is a lot like saying the most Republican block in Berkeley.
I was in the press briefing room for less than 10 minutes when I realized that I had hit the mother lode.
But Trish Puterbaugh and her allies in the Yahi Group of the Mother Lode Chapter can tell you that a little public scrutiny goes a long way.
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