hit pay dirt


hit pay dirt
AND strike pay dirt
1. tv. to iscover something of value.
At last, we hit pay dirt.
When we opened the last trunk, we knew we had hit pay dirt.
2. tv. to get to the basic facts of something.
Now we’re beginning to hit pay dirt.
When we figured out the code, we really struck pay dirt.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • hit pay dirt — hit/strike/pay dirt informal phrase to get or find something valuable or useful He hit pay dirt with his new invention. Thesaurus: to get something or someonesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit pay dirt — hit/strike pay dirt American & Australian to achieve or discover something important or valuable. She finally hit pay dirt with her third novel which quickly became a best seller …   New idioms dictionary

  • hit pay dirt — to succeed. He hit pay dirt with his next movie, which grossed $270 million worldwide. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of pay dirt (= dirt that contains valuable metals) …   New idioms dictionary

  • hit pay dirt — ► hit (or strike) pay dirt N. Amer. informal find or reach a source of profit. [ORIGIN: from pay dirt in the sense «ground containing a profitable amount of ore».] Main Entry: ↑pay …   English terms dictionary

  • hit/strike pay dirt — chiefly US informal : to do, find, or get something that results in money or success The band hit pay dirt [=had a big success] with their first single. The police struck pay dirt when a witness came forward with new information. • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pay dirt — ☆ pay dirt n. soil, gravel, ore, etc. rich enough in minerals to make mining profitable hit pay dirt or strike pay dirt Informal to discover a source of wealth, success, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pay dirt — dirt in which much gold is found, a valuable discovery The company hit pay dirt when they invented the new Internet equipment …   Idioms and examples

  • pay dirt — noun 1. ore that yields a substantial profit to the miner • Hypernyms: ↑ore 2. a profitable success the inventor worked for years before hitting pay dirt • Hypernyms: ↑success * * * noun 1. : earth or ore that …   Useful english dictionary

  • pay dirt — UK / US noun hit/strike pay dirt informal to get or find something valuable or useful He hit pay dirt with his new invention …   English dictionary