Search Result for "pay dirt":
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. ore that yields a substantial profit to the miner;

2. a profitable success;
- Example: "the inventor worked for years before hitting pay dirt"

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pay \Pay\, n. 1. Satisfaction; content. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier. [1913 Webster] Where only merit constant pay receives. --Pope. [1913 Webster] There is neither pay nor plunder to be got. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] Full pay, the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay; especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or military officers of a certain rank, without deductions. Half pay. See under Half. Pay day, the day of settlement of accounts. Pay dirt (Mining), earth which yields a profit to the miner. [Western U.S.] Pay office, a place where payment is made. Pay roll, (a) a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due; now usually one word, payroll. (b) the total sum of money which is paid to all employees on payday. [1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pay dirt \Pay dirt\, Pay rock \Pay rock\, etc. 1. (Mining) Earth, rock, etc., which yields a profit to the miner. [Western U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. a discovery, especially after an exploratory process, which yields a profit or sought-after benefit; -- used especially in the phrase "to hit pay dirt". [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pay dirt n 1: ore that yields a substantial profit to the miner 2: a profitable success; "the inventor worked for years before hitting pay dirt"