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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 company believes the MotherLode operations will be immediately accretive to earnings.
They didn't even have to dig for the motherlode of raw gem-bearing rock, because the rubies were glinting and winking at them on the surface!
Synopsis: "Warm Gold" by Samuel Cronin is the compelling story of a miner who, by braving his fears, discovers the Motherlode.
But the motherlode for capitalists seeking to tap new veins of uncompensated labor must be needy writers.
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MINExpo is the motherlode because it contains a worldwide presence," DeStefano said.
Her first Parentlode blog entry referred to the Motherlode blog and said the name change in part reflected reader concerns that Motherlode does not fit "in an era when fathers are every bit the parent.
Grammy-winning duo drummer Patrick Carney and guitarist Dan Auerbach have hit the motherlode on their seventh album.
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, a brand of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), has announced the participation of The Inn at Aspen, as a Preferred Lodging Representative for the MotherLode Volleyball Classic, to be held from September 1 to 5, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado, US.
If I nail one this summer, I'll hit the motherlode.
At The New York Times, Lisa Belkin filled us in on the Motherlode, Michelle Slatalla on what it was like to be a Wife/Mother/ Worker/Spy, and Paula Span on the challenges of caregiving in The New Old Age.
Aw, it's the motherlode, Jack," DeVries said slowly, almost solemnly, in a hushed tone, as if to make sure the birds couldn't hear him.
But those interested in exploring those historical times while still enjoying all of today's modern amenities might want to check out the Motherlode Lodge.
But you can strike the motherlode, so see what happens.
For the motherlode of orbital images, however, see the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth at eol.